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Hi
I’m here in upstate SC and we actually in a dearth. I have on two of my smaller (weaker) hives a top feeder on, but surprisingly they do not take a drop of Sirup.
They do have plenty food inside right now, but I’d like to fatten them up for winter.
Any suggestions? Or “it is what it is”
Thank you
 

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If they have no cells to store the syrup in the bees will not take it from the feeder. Here in north Arkansas we don't begin feeding colonies up to winter weight until October. They need enough food for the colony needs, but they must not become honey bound to the point that the queen's ability to lay is restricted.
 

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What AR said may be true in your case. But if you want to be sure, dribble a small amount of syrup in the entrance area and a few drops on the frames below. Not too much and do quickly if in a dearth. J
 
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