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Checking a new hive & weather considerations...

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I just installed my package bees into their brand new hive last Saturday (nine days ago) and want to take a peek to make sure the queen is released and all is well, but it's only 34 degrees today (high of 44) and cloudy/rainy.

My question is how long to wait before checking to at least make sure the queen is released??
I peeked in the hive top feeder and it doesn't look like it needs to be filled yet, either....what does that tell me?
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There is a pollen patty on top of the frames in addition to the hive top feeder, so I'm not TOO worried about food (I think?)
More concerned about the queen. There were no attendants in her cage with her and there was no candy plug, so I used a mini-marshmallow... just really want to know she got out okay.... guess I'll have to wait a few more days to be sure...
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