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Ok question from a TOTAL newcomer any advice and obsenities welcome :)

Collected our first swarm from someones garden recently and have now got the bees in a hive with 5 brood frames.This was about a week ago...We had some problems with the bees coming out and grouping on the side of the hive, but we collected them up and put them back in and moved the queen excluder down to the base to stop her ( if it was her!) from coming out.Now they are staying put and seem to be working.We have now removed the queen excluder and all seems well.We are feeding as well through the crown board with a sugar solution.

Two days ago we opened the hive with a little smoke to see what we could see, and this is what I need help with really please, the swarm was not a massive one, they have started to draw out the inner two frames with cone but although we looked for eggs at first glance ( and we wernt there that long looking really, just a few seconds) we couldnt see eggs or a queen although there was a small bunch of bees on one of the frames...What should we do now, how soon, and what should we look for..?

Any help appreciated for a total newcomer straight in at the deep end..Thanks pritt
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Thank you..Tia and Barry.
So would you say that its 90% sure that the queen is there? That would be great..By the fact that they are still there and foraging and drawing out cone definately means she is there or possibly not??
Also by Barrys advice we should leave them alone for a couple more weeks and then have a **** look.
In the meantime keep feeding yes? They are busy foraging today.
Thank you very much for your help....can we come back to you for more help when needed?
Kind regards
pritt :)
Thanks Barry, appreciated. :D
Thanks Tia......and by robbers you mean the furry sort yes??
Thanks Tia,

No, we are feeding through the crown board.
Point taken on reducing the entrance size.Thank you.

You know one thing that has has amazed me with this hobby is the friendly easily given advice that is forthcoming.Its really nice to know that you can ask questions on what others probably learned years ago and not feel too silly.

Thanks all :) pritt
Thanks dog soldier, I will check them out.
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