I have some questions about my weak hive and how to help it. I have two hives one 1 deep, and the other 2 deeps plus a super about 2/3 drawn. The strong hive a month ago robbed the weak one, and it stalled it completely.
Once I realized what was going on, I started feeding the weak hive gallons of 1:1 surup through a top hive feeder, reduced the entrance, decided to give the queen a last chance. This payed off: 3 weeks later (now), I can see that she has been laying again in nice pattern, the population is expanding
and the bees are building comb, even though the nectar flow is over in Atlanta.
Currently, the weak hive has 7/10 deep frames drawn and used, and 2/10 that
they are working on drawing comb and 1/10 empty. It also has SHB but I think
the bees are in better control of them now than a month ago.
Question 1: Once they draw 8-9 comb on the deep, should I give them another
deep to start drawing? Or how about a super, assuming the queen will not use
it for brood chamber? Or is it too late in the season?
Question 2: Would a hive make it through the winter with one deep only +
Question 3: My strong hive has two fully drawn deeps and a super about 2/3
drawn. Should I take their super of honey (once capped) and move it to the
weak one? Or would this starve the strong hive with many mouths to feed? Or
should I take about 4 frames of the super for me, and give the weak or the
strong the rest to eat during the winter?
Sorry for the long message with numerous questions. Your opinion matters a
Thanks a lot,