I have four hives started from packages and installed in medium foundationless equipment, one month and twenty days ago. I have been feeding 1:1 at a rate of a quart per day nearly every day.
So far I have three hives with nine frames drawn in the bottom medium and one with seven frames. I've had a second medium on the three nine drawn out frame hives for about two weeks now. I moved up a frame of open syrup and brood into each added box to lure them up. The bees abandoned those frames within a couple days and left me with a frame of chilled brood.
In only one of the hives have the bees shown any sign of working in the top box and then its only to clean out the chilled brood and replace some of it with pollen and syrup. In all the others they haven't touched the frames I moved up or made any attempt to draw more, although they did replace the missing comb in the bottom within a couple days.
All hives have queens and brood in all stages of development in a solid pattern and maybe four to six square inches of active drone comb in each hive. (The drew more than that but have now filled those cells with syrup.)
Last year I had a second deep half filled by this time of the year and I only fed that hive for about three weeks.
So what I'm wondering is if this is just a bad year or if I'm doing something wrong? Hives seem healthy but between all four I've put about 150# sugar into them and all I have to show for it is one medium box full of bees per hive.