>1. Will keeping track of the amount of syrup I give them give me a guideline as to giving them enough stores for the winter, but me not be left with a bunch of not pure honey frames? Any idea on ratio of 2:1 to a medium frame?
When the bees are done it is all 4:1.
>2. This hive is next to 3 hives one extremely strong. I have closed down the entrance. I am feeding from the top of the hive and that is not accessable except from the top inside of the hive. They used a pint in 12 hours, I would estimate 3 pounds of bees in the hive. Any idea on my risk of robbing?
In a dearth? Always high.http://bushfarms.com/beesrobbing.htm
I always feed the strong hives and give capped honey to the weak ones. If you really need to feed then only give them what they can suck up overnight and there will be none in the morning to steal.