Very Weak Hive Going Into Winter?
I have a very weak hive that has been struggling all summer. I have condensed it down to one 10 frame deep, put entrance reducer down to small, and been feeding 1:1 sugar out of the top. I have ditched the screen bottom board for a solid and the colony has been bug and mite free for several weeks.
The drought in August caused the queen to shut down. Since the first week of Sept, she has been producing brood and my bees are restocking. Pollen flights are coming in, but no capped honey has been make. There is less than 1 frame of capped honey, some frames with raw honey and pollen, and 2 brood frames.
What do I need to feed or supplement this one with to get it thru the winter?