late summer feeding

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by DLMKA, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. DLMKA

    DLMKA New Member

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    We're in the middle of a drought along with over half the US and don't have any nectar coming in. I have a few hives that are light, probably too light to get through winter. Goldenrod is going to start blooming in the next week or three. Threw a top feeder on a few hives and gave them each a gallon of 1:1 syrup. No I have myself worried that they're going to backfill the broodnest and I'm going to miss out on the last round(s) of broodrearing before winter sets in. Did I screw up? I was hoping that the syrup would encourage them to finish drawing the frames they already started on be able to take advantage of the goldenrod flow.
     
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    Iddee New Member

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    They will store the sugar syrup in the top box. If you have a super on, they won't put it in the brood nest until the top box is full. They store from the top down.
     

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    That's what I was hoping for but I ran into a situation that resulted in a hive swarming earlier this summer where they wouldn't work the second box with bare foundation. They backfilled the brood area and swarmed on me.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    It is not spring now. They will do different in other times of the year.

    If you had an excluder under the foundation, that contributed to it also.