I set up my first ever hive this year and it appears to be doing well but wanted to float a couple questions past you?
The hive was started in mid-April with a 3 lb. package. Have examined it many times and everything looks as expected. Haven't looked at it in the past 3 weeks (will be looking this weekend) but am not expecting to see anything out of the ordinary. The last time I examined the hive (3 wks ago) I definitely noticed an increase in the population from the previous examination (a week prior to that). I have been giving them syrup since the day they were started and of late they have been consuming over a quart a day, actually noticed yesterday that they downed 1/2 a quart in 4 hours. (I give then syrup so that I can be assured they build up big and strong.)
Would you consider this an appropriate amount of syrup for them to consume?
Since they appear to be quite strong would splitting be appropriate this year, or should I wait until next year? (But I guess that would mean I need to get another queen).
Thanks in advance.