So far I have 3 hives. 2 at my house. 1 at my Uncles. My yard is small and hives are up next to the shed. They get roughly 6 hours of sun. The one at my uncles get 8 or more hours of sun and is in the county. Did my check on them yesterday. The one at my Uncles is a swarm I caught. There population is booming! Started them on new foundation and I have already added a new deep for brood. The 2 at home were bought nucs (3 frame nuc) and noticed when I brought them home one hive seemed smaller than the other. They are still smaller in size about 60% drawn out . The other was at 80% yesterday so added deep. With our area going through a drought I figured the ones at home would do better cause of people watering their flowers and lawns. I also feed them 1:1. At my Uncles it's so dry the clover won't bloom. But, they will not take the sugar water and growing bigger than the nucs. Why? Feral bees are stronger producers? They get more sunshine? I know driving in my area there is plenty of water, plenty of flowers from homes, parks, planted wildflowers. My Uncles has homes close that get watered , there is a lake across the road but, there are more fields and woods that are brown cause of the drought! All hives look very healthy. Is there anything I can do to pick up production for the two at home? P.S. Funny thing happened about middle way of writing this. I got a call about a swarm 2 miles down the road. They were on a house window. Ran over there to find they were yellow jackets. Too funny.