O.K. folks I did start feeding sugar syrup outside of the hive..Judging by my bee inspectors gps there are no beekeepers anywhere in my area (no surprise), I only have 1 hive and its a given that in this over groomed neighborhood if there were any feral hives they would be removed so I am putting my money on a no robbing bet. They are wiping it out sun up to sundown.
Now with all of the talk about sugar syrups possible harm to the hive and the fact that these bees are still bringing in food and making honey which there is more of since the video on the 11-15-2009 and its 11-28-2009 do you really think there is still the need to give them this. If things got bad wouldnt they have a pretty good amount of honey to dive into judging by my video? Even if it ran low then I could sugar them up? Or I dont have a clue how much honey for that many bees is needed and dont I dont even want to make that mistake?
Now onto the moving of the undrawn frames to the middle to get them drawn out. It sounded easy enough until.
I found that some of the honeycomb that is next to a partial or empty frame has grown in width into the empty frames space. even the honey on the wax foundation is very wide at the top of the frame so this issue is not isolated to the natural comb growth. Therefor I did not totally do as instructed until I get more advice. If I switch any of the frames around they will be damaged. I also removed the last of the wax foundation which happened to be the only place I saw a hive beetle today.
I know you want to be able to remove the frames.
1:Do I let them just build like crazy and come time to inspect cut them apart and allow the bees to clean up the mess.
2:Open weekly and try to keep things somewhat orderly.
3:None of the above newbee.
All of the comb I speak of that is real wide is all honey. I made another video of todays activities so you can see. I will get better at showing the details and my frame handling skills need help I know.
One more thing. The population of this hive is on the rise