I have a nuc that I created at the beginning of July (almost 8 weeks old now). It is a 2-story, 6-frame medium nuc. The split started as two frames of capped brood, two frames on honey and pollen, and two empty frames. The grafted queen was introduced when she was still a larva in an uncapped cell cup. The bottom box is solid brood from edge to edge. The top box was foundation only, and they have drawn two of the frames fully, 2 frames partially, and none on the outer frames in the top box. There is an egg or larva in pretty much every cell deep enough to hold it. There is no stored honey.
I sure would like this colony to survive the winter but I don't see how that's possible if they don't start packing away the honey. So I have a few questions:
1. Do the workers only draw comb as fast as the queen wants to lay eggs, or do they draw comb as sugar is available and the queen lays as much as she has room for?
2. There is a jar feeder on top of this hive but they take it very slowly. As in, a quart a week. My other hives suck down over a quart a day, though they are larger colonies. Why so slow?
3. Is there any hope for this hive putting away enough stores to over winter? Knotweed just came into full bloom here and Goldenrod still hasn't popped.
4. Would moving this hive to a location with an overabundance of forage (like 5 acres of solid knotweed and 10 acres of goldenrod) help them out or is it not worth the risk moving them?