Today I weighed my hive. I wanted to switch out my SBB for a solid one anyway, so I weighed each component/box on my bathroom scale as I lifted them off. The whole thing weighed about 124 lbs. Before I put the bees in the hive I weighed it, and the whole thing (1 deep and 2 mediums, including 8 foundationless frames in each, bottom board and lids) weighed 35 lbs. Each additional medium super with FL frames weighs 9 lbs. So I figure about 44 lbs for the equipment, since I have a 4th medium on which contains honey. That one alone weighs 38 pounds. So 124-44=80 lbs. 38 lbs of which are honey plus the rest is the weight of the bood, comb, pollen, and honey in the brood boxes. As it stands, are they on a good track to have enough food for winter? Might there be enough that I could take a frame or two from the super? I'm told our bees need 60 lbs for the winter.
Also I have some apiguard but hear you can't put that on with honey on the hive. You also can't feed them while treating and the whole thing takes a month. What could I do with my honey super while treating? Freeze it and then put it back on after? Should I feed again then afterward, end of September? Do I need to feed with how things look? Is there some other alternative to apiguard? Could I just feed some wintergreen and white thyme in syrup like the fat beeman says? I know it's better not to treat but these are not from treatment free stock and I'm afraid they'll parrish, which I know is ok too but I just don't want mIne to parrish, iykwim.