After inspecting the hives yesterday, the bees had no honey stores and only 1 hive had larvae of all ages while the other 2 had capped brood and it looked like they were tearing open some of that prematurely and tearing apart some of the larvae. There were larvae pieces in a few places. A couple of weeks ago they all had some capped honey and lots of nectar. There was stored pollen in all 3. The only thing I did differently was a powdered sugar treatment for varroa a couple of weeks ago. My state bee association said we should all start feeding our bees now so I started feeding 2:1 sugar syrup. They consumed a 25 lb bag's worth in 1 day between the 3 hives. My wife brings up a point: At 25 lbs of sugar a day that = $17 bucks. Multiply by 7 days a week and that is $119 bucks. I could just buy new bees in the spring for much less.... Shouldn't they slow down their consumption? With the goldenrod in full bloom everywhere and lots of pollen pouring into the hives I can't understand why they have nothing stored. We had a few days of bad weather and now a cold snap (40's at night and 60's during the day) since Friday but there are alot of bees flying. I called the state bee inspector and he advised against the powdered sugar varroa treatment and said to use the miteaway II because it sounds like a varroa problem. I forgot to ask him can I feed with my top feeders while treating for varroa? I don't want to lose the bees but I also want to be smart about this and keep this in perspective. I already have 2 free feral hives sourced out for next spring.