The jest of this is it is nearly impossible to judge a hive from the outside. The hive I thought was a boomer turn out to be just so-so. I suppose there could of been a swarm that I didn't notice but I am thinking not. The second hive that I thought was so-so is my boomer. I am hopeful this one makes it through the winter so I can split in the spring. The third hive that I thought would be a goner is a little better than the first.
At this time of the year the bees have radar for open honey. I have been taking a box at a time fully covered about 200 ft away from where the hives are and in 15 minutes it attracted hundreds of bees and growing.