The nights have been in the single digits and upper 20's low 30's for highs. I've had my 1 gal. zip-loc syrup bags on the top frames with a medium super surrounding it for 2 weeks now, and yet the bees seem to have zero interest in the syrup bag. I suspect it could be that it's too cold for bee movement. I've also sprinkled some granulated sugar on the top bars.
So if the bees don't feed then there is no stimulation, and no build-up!
What was interesting though was when I put the bag of syrup in the hive, the syrup was still warm. The bees sensed this right off and were all over the bag,probably due to the warmth. Since that one warm sunny day 2 weeks ago that made it into the 50's when I put the bag in, there has been zero interest in the syrup bag.
Any ideas on how to get them stimulated?
Oh, and I did take one of my straight razors and put some slits into the top of the bag. LOL