I'm also in Northern IL, but am having the opposite problem. I'm trying to backfill some empty comb with syrup on a few hives, but they're just not taking it down fast enough. What feeding method are you using?
When did you start feeding, and why?
I may be misunderstanding your statement but if a hive is honey bound.....then they won't have any/enough empty cells to produce winter bees. To me....that is a cause for concern.In fall I’m not concerned about hives being honey bound if my area has a weak fall flow (which it does).
This time a year in Northern IL and WI the local bees need to be shutting down anyway.Open the hive and see if they have enough stored. You definitely don’t want them to become honey bound.
My colonies know what they are doing. Worrying about too much fall feeding is harmful in 6a high desert. I spoke to a commercial beek last and I'm comfortable with my decision path. I had 100% over winter last year.I may be misunderstanding your statement but if a hive is honey bound.....then they won't have any/enough empty cells to produce winter bees. To me....that is a cause for concern.
If all you intend to do is dismiss the replies ....why in heaven's name did you even ask the question?
I started on September 3rd and stopped September 20. I use a rapid feeder (Ebay) on 5 hives and mason jars on resource hive. Labor Day marks a safer time to feed to avoid late swarming but while temps are high enough for them to dry it. Started with ProSweet then topped off with 2:1 sugar syrup. Went a little longer in feed timing because of wildfire smoke.I never received any response to my two (2) inquiries noted at post #2 - “When did you start feeding, and why?”