Sunday. Two days after installing the 2 new bee packages. My notes say do not start looking to see if the queen is released and how everything is going yet. Leave everyone alone for at least a week. However, do feed with sugar syrup. So I did open them up and gave them more sugar syrup. I did peer in to see if the queen cages were still taped in place. The first hive I checked (which we will call Hive 5) I could not see the queen cage, so I think it has slipped. The second new hive (Hive 6) I could see it still in place. I just hope it's OK that the cage slipped and hope the queen wasn't blocked inside. Otherwise, they all seemed to be doing fine.
In the picture above, as you can see, I couldn't decide which direction to face all the more recent hives. My book says they prefer south, so the one in the middle, front, I faced south. But in the end it seemed more convenient to keep facing them east, so all the rest are facing east. Hope they don't mind.
I then checked to see if the two original hives (Hives 1 and 2) were starting to store honey in the honey supers I had added a couple of weeks ago. When I checked Hive 2, I was thrilled to discover a lot of honey being laid down!
But when I looked at the frames in the honey supers of Hive 1, there was nothing!
Wonder why that is. Not enough bees because the swarmed? Probably.