Re: how to get bees to feed in top feeder?
I'm north of you in Skagit County. Micro climates determine everything, of course, but it is too cold for liquid(syrup) feed in our area. Nights in the thirties mean the syrup won't warm enough during the day. If you must feed, because your hive is out of stores, you should consider fondant or dry sugar methods. If they have stores, but are trying to "stimulate" them (you mentioned "jump starting" them), spring temps are a little far off, even given yesterday's mid 50's. Congratulations on getting your hive through winter. Remember, the last two years we had cool temps and rain into late June.
Sea level, Puget Sound, USDA 7a-7b