Was a first time beekeeper last year. Lost the hive. Got it very late in the season and had a pollen dearth. Only realized I was lacking pollen when it was too late. Was probably in the hive too much also. So I guess I cant call myself a beekeeper yet. This year, bought a package and a nuc. No nuc yet. I installed the package on Saturday and all went well. Pulled cork for queen cage and installed marshmallow. (I'll add this since its the #1 issue with pkg installations) Had a top feeder with syrup. The last 2 days, LOTS of activity. Every 8th bee coming back with pollen. Promised myself I would give the queen 5 days before I open hive to check and pull queen cage. (since estimates vary on 3-7 days for queen cage removal) Also promised not to go in the hive at all unless required this year. Today I watched the hive and hardly any activity at all. 1 bee coming and going every 5 minutes. I looked around the ground in front of hive this afternoon and found 25 dead bees. Is this normal bee life cycle? Or could something be wrong? Just a very drastic difference in 24 hours.