First year beek here, just outside of Ottawa, Ontario.
We started feeding last week at 2:1 sugar syrup .. have four hives, two quite stronge ones and two alittle weaker ... all started at the same time. We got them late in June, so no honey for us this year.
The girls were going thru about a gallon every two days. Just this past Saturday I did a refill and on Sunday got a call saying the girls were thirsty. I am using a combination of hive top feeders and guail waterers, and have not noticed any robbing. I did have two larger entrance feeders on earlier and noticed a number of hornets trying for a free meal. They stayed outside, never noticed any getting into the hive ... when I noticed them the entrance reducers went on. Anyways just wondering if this syrup intake is in line with what others have experienced. We are getting our sugar from a National Grocers type store for $15.99 for a 20kg bag ... this is only good for two feedings! I hope this safeguards the girls thru the winter!