I hived a smaller than a (American) football size swarm a week ago. I've been giving them 1:1 sugar syrup and they have taken it but at the start slower than I expected. I figured that may have been because they were still gorged on honey but don't know for sure. I had a half of a Brood Builder patty (http://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1046) that a friend had given me to try. It's been in the freezer about a year and I thought I'd give it to this small swarm to see if it would help them get started on the right foot, so to speak. I've also been told these patties are SHB magnets so I've been watching it closely. I put it in a hive top feeder in a medium super with a screened inner cover so i could see what was going on easily. A week later they haven't even touched as far as I can tell. I have removed the "guards" used to prevent drowning from the feeder so the bees have easier access to the feeder. They are an active bunch and have started building comb on the deep I placed them in with one frame of brood from my strongest hive. Any reason besides they just don't want it for them not participating in the patty feast I provided?