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Nucs not taking feed

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I have 4 nucs I started later than usual-first week of July. The queens are laying , everything looks good and I’ve been feeding them right along. Trouble is, they’re not storing anything much. My bigger hives are sucking up the syrup and packing it away but these nucs are just barely using the syrup, probably just to live on. They each have a partial patty and they are getting eaten up.

I added some feeding stimulant and it didn’t change the uptake rate. I don’t think they’re getting robbed, or if they are, it’s really covert. I have screens and see no fighting.

They each are about 3 frames of brood and bees and one-2 totally empty frames , empty comb or half-drawn comb. My (weak) experience is with a full nuc going into winter, 2 frames of honey.

Should I add emerging bees from my other hives? Add capped honey? Add uncapped honey? Trust them to figure it out?

Yours, Megan
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