A follow up to the starving bees.
I went out to check on them. All the the syrup was gone. Both hives were very active. I couldn't tell if one was robbing the other or not, so what I did as a precaution, was put an entrance reducer on (large opening) both hives.
Here's a question I have (that was never answered previously).
I read in a post a while back that if there are bees robbing a hive, they will climb up the hive to take off. How high is this climb typically? I noticed that there were some bees climbing a couple inches above the entrance to take off. Again...I don't know where they were headed.
As I mentioned, both hives were very active. My second hive (a capured hive), is a more aggressive hive than my other hive led my an italian queen. I didn't even bother inspecting this hive today because of how aggressive they were. But since I didn't put syrup at their hive yesterday, I am hoping I didn't trigger a holy war. I did put syrup at their hive as well (just in case they were running low on provisions as well. I will plan to inspect that hive tomorrow afternoon.
My other question is, if they are being robbed, how long should I keep the reducer on? Is there an approximate amount of days that should deter any honey/syrup crooks?
Thanks in advance.