my third attempt to establish bees in my topbar hive seems to have been successful in that 10 days later they are still there and, when the sun shines, are busy coming and going looking very purposeful. So today, in warm settled weather I decided to look inside. there are lots of bees, all huddled together at one end of the space and the very end bar (the one furthest from the entrance) there are bees forming chains. BUT there is no comb.
Do I (a) leave them alone as they know what to do and will build comb when they’re ready or (b) worry or (c) do something? and if (c), what to do? as you know the weather had been very unsettled but it has been quite warm for the last few days. there are honey bees foraging in the garden and there is a great deal of bumblebee activity (do all bees forage from the same plants at the same time?). I did wonder if the apparent non-activity can be explained by not much pollen /nectar and maybe that will improve. or are these bees who, having come from a National hive, don’t know how to build comb? or is the queen sick or dead? what is queen right? I read that one one of the other blogs but wasn’t sure what it meant and how you could tell. Please don’t hesitate to suggest the obvious – I’m such a novice that nothing is obvious to me but I want (and need) to learn