Not to be redundant.
I am a 1st year rookie with 1 colony--2 hive bodies (deeps) on. The top hive body is full--mostly of honey, capped & uncapped. I haven't messed with the hive bodies in a few weeks. I put on a honey super (shallow) 2 1/2 weeks ago (all 10 with new foundation)--they are just starting to draw comb in the middle 2 frames. We have golden rod, spotted knapweed, and fireweed here in the central Upper peninsula of MI (Marquette). I have sprayied the super foundation with sugar solution two or three times to try to get them going.
Questions for the experienced beekeepers:
1. Should I put on a hive-top feeder to accelerate the comb drawn out on honey super and take it off as soon as a few frames are fully drawn out? I am wondering if there will be honey (for me) this year given it is already Aug.
2. Should I pull any of the frames of honey out of the top hive body (deep) and replace with empty frames to reduce possible congestion? Perhaps that would compete with the honey super I put on?
3. How much honey should I leave the colony for over-wintering? It seems the top hive body has a lot of honey for winter.
3. Do I feed the colony in Sept-Oct to get them ready for winter?