Bee population after package installation
After you install your package of bees and they start to set up their colony, the population starts to decline. This is a normal process. If your wondering under normal conditions what that population looks like, the following can help guide you.
Day 23-24 Population is at its lowest
Day 30 Population is back to its original amount (10,000 bees in a 3# package)
Day 40 Twice the original size
Day 42 All the original bees are now gone, except the queen
Day 50 The hive population is now three times the original size
Day 59 The population is now stabilizing and has reached its maximum size for the season