What I meant by make it was. How many new beekeepers buy packaged bees, install them and achieve a viable hive on the first try?
I personally am not a pro beek but, I do have common sense. I see a lot of bees being sold like this and I know there isnt the support system in place for every beginner to be able to avoid the numerous catastrophies that can take place dumping bees into a box with zero experience.
Now back to my second season of attempting this.
I went back to the farm yesterday @ 5 ish. I actually saw activity in the hive on the right when I pulled up. (one thing I forgot was to pull the corks of off sugar plug side of queen cages)
I opened the right hive first. I removed the baggie feeder, then pulled out the queen cage and popped the cork from sugar plug side and put back, then lifted up hive body and my girl dumped lethargic or dead bees into the bucket (see pic) and put everything back including new baggie feeder of syrup.
The best I can afford to do is feed them sugar syrup. These are new hives for me and I dont have honey sitting around. This is the reason I asked the initial question in this thread. So after seeing the amount of dead bees in that hive what's gonna happen?
The left hive was buzzing about pretty nicely. I popped the top and went to pull the cork from the sugar plug side of the queen cage and saw that the queen was already out. They must not have plugged it from the supplier.I put a new bag of food in and closed her up.