In this experiment I want to know how many active forager bees will come out to forage in the day time after fatten them up with syrup and patty at night time.
Background infos: Right now we are in an early Spring flow. This is my most active hive out of the five I have now. Some capped honey and white wax are made. Borage and collard flowers all blooming with nectar and pollen just outside the bee hives. I have a very active hive with 3 frames of forager bees. But not many nurse bees in there now. This hive also has a good solid pattern laying queen from last late Fall. Also, 3 frame of capped broods, eggs and larvae at various stage of development. On a sunny warm day this hive is the most busy with many forager bees come and go. They are raising more larvae now.
Cause of this experiment:
The main issue for this test is that the queen over laid with the eggs. And now the 3 frames all covered with capped broods with not many nurse bees to cover them. So my worry is that not enough bees to cover in the day time they might get the chill broods when the active foragers all went outside. I had transferred 2 frame of broods without the nurse bee into the other hives already. Problem still exist now with a shortage of nurse bees to keep all the broods and larvae warm.
At night time I fed them with honey syrup zip loc baggies to fatten them up. By day time they are too fat and lazy to fly. Patty with them all day long too. This is the second day into this experiment.
So anybody here would like to guess at what is the final result in the day time? Do they fly or stay in with the broods to avoid the brood chill?
If they fly then how many will go out, one half or less than? Foragers made up 90% of this hive population now. And gathering nectar to turn into
honey like crazy. They all know it is very tempting outside indeed at this early Spring time.