thanks for your encouragement Oxfordbee but I spent half an hour watching them at 10:00 this morning and only saw a couple going in with pollen. It looks like it will be a couple of degrees warmer tomorrow so I will put off taking a peek until then.
simon111 if you want to get stung you should come see one of my hives the little bleeders love stinging me. but the vid looks about the same activity as out side my hives then again mine fly when its raining and cold.
Went to have a look yesterday some were flying, so had a peek inside and there was bees right across the 11 frames, plus 6 frames of brood and 3 queen cells, only a couple of weeks ago it was rather disappointing as brood was only on 3 frames so things are speeding up somewhat.
Mine have been flying for approx 2 weeks. 20 yards from the hive is a 30 foot goat willow atracting lots of bumbles as well. Temp hasn't been great but enough to get them moving. This my first hive and only hive bees bought on the 1st april on 5 frames. How often do I open the hive to check progress? Whats the white sugar like substance floor tray? How much syrup how often to top it up? and................................................
Gillybee has 14 colonies, has had more, and is not a beginner. He will be able to look after it, no doubt. Either one more colony, and still collecting honey, or several more.
Not sure what you are meaning with 'only hive bees' (comma missing, or what?). They have been flying almost since you got them? Not as often as you might think is the answer to your question. Regular checks for progress on expansion (have they got enough space), weekly checks coming up for swarm control, depending on size, space etc, vigilance for disease and regular varroa checks (mite drop).
No syrup if they have sufficient resources (may well collect a honey crop shortly)
....... Have you been on a beekeeping course, yet?