No Bee police is a good thing.Maybe the pound a day that you saw that was lost was simply the absence of the waterweight in the syrup, which has to be dehydrated out before it can be stored, anyway.
probably right. BTW my pound figure was off, that was the half weight, they were loosing 2 lbs a day but still likely evaporation.
Do you have your hives on scales so you tell that closely?
not on a scale but I do mount a lifting bracket on the bottom of my bottom boards. Very handy to monitor if a young hive is adding or loosing weight. Lift till the hive comes up off the stand, double that number is very close to the hive weight. Here's a pic
How much comb are your bees drawing now? Not enough. Mine can easily draw out a couple, or three, deep foundationless frames in a few days, plus throw on comb here and there on the Piercos that need re-working etc. But my hives are really heavily populated, in big stacks, coming out of their first (well-fed) winter. Last summer I was surpised how slowly they were building their combs from scratch. (I had no idea bees were ever fed sugar until about the middle of August - I was a totally clueless newbie.) I think my bees had issues with the Piercos and the foundation I offered, as they seem to really go to town in foundationless frames this year (not always perfectly flat, level and tidy like on the plastic, though.)
If you added more comb that could be a plus, but if you prompted them to avoid collecting nectar and pollen, that would be a minus since I think the natural food is best for them (white granulated sugar being what it is: highly processed, empty calories of junk food for man, beast, and bug). And also goosing a nuc or package into faster growth may not, in the long view, be the best way to prepare for their first winter where they might have a bigger population than they have had time to prepare and store food for.
They're you bees, though, so nobody is going to come and arrest you for feeding them at odd hours of the night - it's not a B-Felony.
I think the posters point was to have them working a double shift. Feed enough to keep them working at night but not so much that they spend daytime in a feeder instead of the field.Why would you feed at night when you can just feed them during the day time?
Just put the gallon of syrup on top of the hive and put another super on to cover everything up.
This way you can set them out either at night or day at your convenience.