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honey comb construction problem

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Hey guys - I need some advise. I mentioned this on one of my earlier posts, but I need your input. I put a top feeder on that swarm I caught back in the spring and the bees have built up into the middle of the top feeder instead of going out into the frames of the hive body. I have left it on all summer and have added syrup so I felt that if they couldn't go up they would be forced to build out and into the hive body. I would like to get into the hive body and see what's going on before fall sets in but that would mean I would have to tear the comb from the feeder. If you think I should go ahead and do this should I 1: set the feeder apart and let them and the other bees rob it and put a new feeder on for now or 2: should I set the feeder back on the hive and let the bees fix it after I check on them.. OR 3: should I just leave well enough alone for the winter and feed the heck out of these guys and not worry about what is going on underneath the feeder??? I do see a lot of activity from the bee entrance. I have kept the entrance reduced since it is a small hive because I was afraid my larger ones would rob them to death.

Also - I still have a super on my hives and when I checked them last weekend they are still working honey since hardly any of it was capped. We have been fortunate enough to keep getting rains around here so there is still some out there for the bees. So what should I do with these late supers???

So TWO questions for you experts! I so appreciate the great advise I have got from you before. This bee forum is a blessing to those of us who are new at this business! :D
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First off, I have never used a hive top feeder so you may get much better advise from others. I do know that the longer you leave it, the more disruptive it will be when you do go into it.
"Let them and the others rob it." Rob is a bad word if there is not a flow on. I know that some don't have a problem with a community feeder. I depends on your bees and the "ferals" around you. If I leave anything like that out, the robbers are trying every hive and stored supers I have. Italians have the worst reputation for it.
If the super is being filled, they are going to need it for winter. To me, leaving them their honey for the winter, is better for them and cheaper for me.
And don't include me with the experts, please.
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