Second year with my 2 Warres. Hive last year swarmed late and didn't requeen so started off this year with 2 warre hives and 2 packages one Carni and another Italian. The Carnies were really slow taking off but appeared to be doing well. Sugar rolled them in June and had 4 mites. Hit them with the vapor every 5 days 5 times and next roll was zero. Italians took off like crazy. Mean as rattle snakes but building comb and increasing like crazy. Sugar rolled them at the same time as the carnies and only one mite. Left them alone. Italians filled up 2 3/4 Warre boxes by July and I added a 4th to the bottom. The Carnies had filled 1 1/2 boxes but they are Lang deep so they have a lot more volume. Both hives are full framed. Being Carnies I added a third box to provent swarming. Well I went into both hives Labor day. Italians 1st to my surprise only a couple frames of honey and brood box was in the top for the most part. I figured since there were so many bees they had out eat their selfs out of stores. Went into the Carnies and same situation. Little honey and brood box in top box. This was one of the best growing Summers in history hear in South Arkansas. Rain was perfect. Bahaya grass waist deep in the pasture my cows and horses can't eat fast enough. In a dry year I don't know what they would do. Sugar rolled both again. Carnies Zero mites. The pic tells the tail on the Italians. I quit shaking at 11. They got nuked that night!!lol So I got the top hive feeder back on both last night. Will check to see if they are taking the syrup today.
Now my questions. Is it normal for a package to have this little stores this time of year since it's been so wet? Keep feeding them threw Fall? Since both hives have an empty box on bottom and the box above about half full should I pull it now, leave till frost or leave all winter. Of course hear in S. Arkansas the winters are pretty mild and I'll slide in bottom over the screen once real Winter sets in.
Oh and to finish up I couldn't find my Carni queen when I put it back together. Sure she's fine I just always like to see the queen safe in the middle when I close it up!