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Installed a package last week (first time in 10 years). Using a top hive feeder with about a gallon of sugar water. Tomorrow will be a week and they only taken maybe half of the sugar water. (SE Virginia).

They are bring in pollen and activity appears normal.

Time to remove the feeder?
 

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For a package or swarm, I would leave it. A nuc should have a frame of honey already so additional feed is not as necessary, but still not a bad idea. Keep it on until they simply are not taking any more.
 

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For a package or swarm, I would leave it. A nuc should have a frame of honey already so additional feed is not as necessary, but still not a bad idea. Keep it on until they simply are not taking any more.
Agree. It's only been a week. Let them build up stores before you take away their feed.
 

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Thanks for all the replies.

I plan to check them today to see if the queen has been released.

I am concerned about the condition of the sugar water in the top hive feeder since it's a week old. it's beginning to look a bit cloudy.
 
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