medium Ulster hive- how to feed?
I got a Brushy Mnt medium screen bottom Ulster hive on Black Friday and moved a small fall swarm into it about 10 days ago. They had some stores at that time but now there is none. I'm taking the hive to a farmer's market tomorrow. My plan is to keep a frame of bees in the top part at all times, and 5 frames in the bottom part. There is a good number of bees in the hive now. I keep it in my back yard shed close to the open door. The shed has 2 other hives that swarms moved into last fall. This moring I switched a brood frame that I hope contains the queen (in a hurry and didn't see her on that frame or any other, just a guess she's on that one) into the top of box.
I'm concerned about the lack of food. The only thing I can think of in how to feed them is to bring them in the house at night and figure out how to feed them through the bottom screen..like get a piece of honey comb pushed flat up against the screen, something like that. I"d like to give them some pollen mixed with some honey too. And a sponge of water same way. I would have to do it at night in the house to prevent a robbing attempt.
There was a brown open plastic frame thingy that came with the hive. I suppose I could figure out a way to use that as a feed frame but I see alot of drowning unless I put sponges inside it and minimal feed. I'm not crazy about that idea as I don't want to keep going in and out of the hive at this time.
Any other ideas? Thanks.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
March 2010; +/- 50 hives, TF