Installed Package Bees in my new (and very first hive) about 2 days ago. The Hive has one Brood box only with a screened bottom board. Today I notice hundreds of bees on the outside of the hive "clinging" to the screen bottom. I gently brushed them off.... but most returned to the same place. How do I get these bees to enter the hive.... vs playing outdoors?
Think I found the issue. Queen was still in her "cage" laying on the bottom of the screen. I had assumed after two days she would already be out and working.
I put the cage back in (at the top this time), hopefully, bees will now enter to get to her
I'll wait another week until I disturb again and hopefully all will be well
The queen is still caged?
yes... today is the third day
and I was wrong about when I said: "I think I found the issue". Queen is in a cage inside hive up high. 1,000's of bees still clinging to the screen on the bottom. I brush them off.... but they just return. I disturbed them twice today.... so going to give it a rest. Tomorrow I will try to catch them in a trap, and then dump them into the hive. maybe that will work
Next Hive I populate will be with a NUC.....hopefully I will not have these issues
tHIS IS WHAT THE BOTTOM OF MY HIVE LOOKS LIKE
Even though you have the queen caged...when you had brushed the bees under the hive. Did you look for a queen?
Was not able to look for the queen. What I did do was to get a big Goldfish need from a pet store and gentle brush all the bees off the bottom. Then place in Hive. That seems to solve the issue. A full weekend has gone by and all bees now in the hive. Actually doing a great job in pulling comp. Now I'll wait a few days and check for queen or larve. Thanks