I just did my first inspection today after getting a 4-frame nuc into 8 frame box last week. As recommended by the seller, I’ve been feeding 1.5 kg/L syrup and 2.75 L have been lapped up in 1 week. He said I should keep doing so for at least 3 weeks.
Anyway, I didn’t find the queen nor any uncapped brood. I did find a small patch of eggs in the corner of a frame. The rest was jam packed with syrup.
The other 4 frames to fill the box were new foundation. The seller said to put those frames on the outside and don’t split up the nuc frames. Only two sides had been partially drawn out. Even the little amount of new comb was already filled to the brim. With the couple of rainy days this week, I was hoping they spent the time making wax. All of the newly emerged brood cells were filled with syrup/nectar. I say some nectar since the activity has been high at a neighbor’s bush.
The hive population had jumped from 3 frames of bees to 4 frames.
The hive looks honey bound, well syrup, but the term applies to the condition. The hive does not have enough bees to justify throwing on the next super.
Should I stop feeding even though the seller said to keep feeding?
I’m also thinking about checkering in a few frames. Keep two old frames in the middle then alternate new and old. Is this right?