UPDATE (6/29/04): Been watching the third colony slowly disappear. Each day when I'd bring syrup, I'd see fewer and fewer bees. Eventually, they stopped drawing out cells. Never did see any brood. Now there are no bees. What a disappointment. All that money down the drain. Our only hope now is to get called for a swarm. Otherwise, I guess we'll wait and risk some more money next year. ORIGINAL POST: Bought and assembled three new hives this winter. Ordered three 3# package bees ($172) back in February. They shipped three weeks late from Alabama. Wasn't sure I was going to get them at all. They arrived and were installed the day before Mother's Day. They were out of shipping syrup when they arrived. One colony died out or absconded the first week. Second colony died out today. Third colony going strong. Didn't see any brood this evening, but the bees are drawing out the cells on two facing sides of foundation. This colony is going through about one quart of sugar syrup a day now.