I installed my 1st package 3 weeks ago meaning I'm still winging it. I've read many contradictory opinions about feeding (do, don't, only when needed, etc..) As a newbee, I don't have a clue when it's 'needed'.
I currently have a hive top feeder in place and they are taking it down at about 2 gallons a week. They seem to be developing the colony just fine. 1 deep hive body is about half full of drawn comb with a mix of eggs, larvae and capped brood. My question is how long should I feed? I would prefer to remove the feeder and let them gather the natural stuff but can I without endangering the growing colony? Apples are just about finished blossoming here. I don't have any idea what defines the start and end of the spring nectar flow in my area. Anyone have thoughts on the merits and timing of feeding in general? Thanks.