Re: Feeding syrup to new packages when they already have capped honey
i wouldn't give them syrup unless they got really low on honey. the other thing to consider about stimulating brooding earlier that the natural flow would is that you might increase the likelihood of them swarming. if you are planning to split them anyway before swarm season, then you might be alright to stimulate them early. keep in mind that they will need a protein source in addition to syrup to make brood.
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives