Re: Too feed or not to feed?
An update, for anyone viewing this thread late.
Pulled feeder last week, after feeding since Mother's day. Pulled drone comb frame to freeze it amd had 8 swarm cells in various stages of completion. Original marked Carniolan queen is still there. The brood comb has been backfilled with syrup, not much room for her to lay. I had been watching for backfilling, they had been putting syrup in cells as fast as they drew them, but up until now, had left the brood comb alone.
Most on here say once there are swarm cells you can't stop it, so do a split or let them leave. I'm in an urban/backyaerd environment, and a swarm would be bad for me, the neighbors , and publicity in general for backyard bees. The two hives I already have are all my small yard can handle.
I'm trying to head them off by opening up brood space. If i have to split this late, may try to recombine them for a super colony to winter.
Thought the feeding was the correct path...feed to draw comb in the second deep, feed during dearth.
If mistakes lead to the quickest learning, I seem to be doing A LOT of learning this year!
I don't keep bees, I tend bees. Does this make me a beet?
Sea level, Puget Sound, USDA 7a-7b