Not entirely foundationless but here is an idea I read about so we will see where the bees take it.rast said:I cheat and use about 1 1/2'" of starter strip. Down to the first wire.
tecumseh,tecumseh said:rail writes:
Should I continue to feed or let nature do her thing? I don't want them dependent on me!
might I guess you also don't want them DEAD?
too many variable to answer you question directly and the stickler is that with a package of bees they have no EXTRA resources built into the box, so a mistake or misjudgement here mean the new hive dies. the situation is somewhat more complex since I would guess you have decided to go foundationless.... so they now must also produce ALL their own wax to make a go of things.
I would feed them liberally (3 cups sounds a bit miserly to me but perhaps you are in a good place and experiencing a good season) until they were a box of bees. I would look inside on occasion to see what stores are present there and not so much leave their food resources to chance or guess or hunch.