Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
... Asses whether it needs stores in September or October. Feed it now and it might just fill the comb with brood and not store anything... Why not wait and see want develops?
I see Thornton, Colorado is a suburb of Denver, the Mile High City. The date of the average FIRST frost in Denver is SEPTEMBER 20. In an average year you will only be able to feed a hive with the expectation of them taking the food, drawing comb, raising brood and storing and capping food for another 82 days. Then there is the question whether or not they can raise enough young bees before winter to carry the cluster over till next March, April, or even May considering that the LAST average frost date in Denver is MAY 20.
http://www.victoryseeds.com/frost/co.html

It is unfortunate but in the beekeeping community you can hear everything but money rattling and meat sizzling, and those with the least amount of money and meat give the most advice. Where you are posting from a hive like this one with no stores by October is imho a dead duck. Mid July may be to late to help these bees if you are experiencing a dry Summer, which I think you are. Using Ace's example, a flock of chickens that can't hatch and raise chicks is doomed.