Side note:Sgt Maj said, "You shouldn't ever plan on harvesting anything from package bees the first year anyway... "
Not anything? That's what I thought too, but one of my hives from a package installed in April are very strong, and they have completely filled their upper deep body with honey. I added a super under the full body, and was planning on harvesting a few frames of the honey from the full box to open it up some, and return it to its position below the super. Would you? Or should I just leave it, and keep adding supers below?
I feel for you, Disillusioned. In bees, there are so many things to consider, and aspects of their care we can, and should control. But their intimate link with nature reminds us who is really in control... not us!
One other question, Hooeyaman said, "...if you keep feeding they will get lazy, so quit feeding and let nature take its course...."
Do you really think feeding them will make them lazy?
the bees are at the feeder after all.
I love this forum.