I'm not sure what to do. I have one strong hive (new package this year) with 6 mediums and a hive top feeder. And one weak hive (newly queened Russian) with 3 mediums and top hive feeder. I keep adding syrup to both (the strong hive gets 2 gall. at a time, the weak hive gets 1 gall.) (1:1) and every time I check on them, the syrup is gone. 2 days ago I added 1 gall. to each hive, and today - gone. How can the weak hive be going thru 1 gall. of syrup in 2 days? With very little to show for it. I'm thinking the weak hive is getting robbed by the strong one.
But the bees are all OVER the buckwheat outside and the wildflower sunflowers, probably a 30' x 30' patch of each. So it's not like there are no nectar sources. Granted, it has been raining a lot lately, very muggy.
I always heard - feed them till they don't want anymore. But at this rate they are driving me to bankruptcy.
Can I stop feeding them yet? When I inspected the strong hive a week ago, there was tons of honey in it, and brood. The weak hive doesn't have much brood and doesn't have much honey either.
I keep a pollen patty in both.