Re: Starvation or disease
I was curious as to the apropriate ness of syrup for the conditions.
Here in north alabama, the temperature has not been consistently cool enough for dry sugar nor warm enough for syrup. plus, bees have been bringing in some pollen & some nectar from some where so not that interested in syrup ( or syrup too cool)
This year, I had been keeping syrup on hives almost all "winter", but also moist sugar bricksfor the last month or so. I used the hive tipping method to determine hive weight, & inspire me to get some kind of food on them that they can take. even so, some hives take the food & others do not.
good luck with your bees. CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.