Re: Emergency feeding a top bar hive with a new package installed? (weather turned co
I put on and take off syrup this time of year according to the temp. I feed if the temp will go above 50 degrees. It also helps if it is a sunny day. Bees will feed on syrup if the inside of the hive is warm. no matter what is going on outside.
I have been feeding mine for about the last month. just a small amount of syrup each day. I am talking a half a quart a day for a full size hive. a cup for a 5 frame nuc. Syrup is removed at night replaced in the mornings. Not given if temp will not get above 50.
During that time out temperatures have varied from low 30's at night to the 50 and 60's during the day. Bees are foraging on most days. I use this as a indication for feeding as well. Active bees get fed.
Hive 1 my largest has a 3 deep 10 frames hive full of brood. That is 30 frames.
hive 2 a 5 frame nuc has some brood and 5 med fraems of sugar syrup stored.
hive 3 another 5 frame nuc has at least 3 deep fraems packed edge to edge with brood very little stores. What I would expect to find in a hive that is building well.
hive 4 a cut out I made about 4 weeks ago has repaired 5 frames of cut out comb and is drawing an additional 5 frames of foundation.
For now my greatest concern across the board is swarm management. My greatest concern for a single hive is the lagging 5 frame nuc. I want to figure out why it is lagging. I cannot even say at this point if it is a problem. it in fact could be ahead and is actually filling the hive with honey in preparation for swarming.
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