My bees barely made it through this summer with the drought. They were getting incredibly aggressive and I was thinking of just trying to get them through winter and trying to figure out how to requeen when I finally worked up the courage to get into the hive. There's the brood nest, a lot of nice comb that would have made me giddy last spring but it is all hanging empty.
How much syrup should I be feeding them? As much as they will take? A certain amount every day? I gave them a quart in a mason jar a little ways from the hive and they are in a frenzy. They drained it within an hour of finding it and there's still a swarm of bees even though there is just stickiness left.
Should I place the feeder down in the hive to discourage other bees from coming in so close? They scare the bejeegers out of me, but maybe they won't be so aggressive once they have something in all that nice comb they made.