From the description of robbing, I don't think it is occurring ... yet .... But I have a very weak hive that is also light and the dearth has begun here.
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? I know with honey I am getting about 2 gallons on a full super. I want them to have a full super plus the super the brood is in...no large frames.
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?
All the hives seem like they are on something, but the stores in the weak hive are not enough to survive the winter at this point. Not been a good year for honey, all are lighter than previously at this point of the season.