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  1. So my home hive is my strongest. My robbed hive is doing OK at is new local. Due to work and school holidays I've not been in my home hive since 4th March (6 weeks) But I've been feeding (Upside down jars) 2:1 syrup ever since my harvest. I'm very proud of my feeder, I'll post a pic but it keeps the bees in, but lets you exchange jars without them being covered in bees. The hive has done well, and it's really heavy (I'm going to heft it as soon as I can find the travel scales). I was doing a full check today (17degrees) and they've got essentially ¾ of stores, but only a small brood cluster 2 half frames. All were capped/emerging. I couldn't find the queen but the hive was heaving with bees so the tricky little madam could have easily alluded me. My question; Have I over fed and caused a "honey" jam? Or is this a prewinter brood break? I guess something could have happened to the queen, but not in my last inspection as that was too long ago, and there would be no brood at all. And the hive was very happy, and clearly working hard I'm an urban ChCh keeper (Temps are 9-20degrees still) Sugar shake was 2 mites in 1cup of bees so <1%. No signs of distress. I'm going to stop feeding now, and I put in one frame of foundation in the level next to the brood, hopefully they'll draw it out and give some extra lay space. I've wrapped the spare frame of capped syrup, and will feed it back in spring. Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.
  2. I have 2 hives, both one broodbox full of bees. Almost no honey stores lots of pollen. A lot is in flower so plenty of food. They all look very healthy. The weather is warm but wet. Should I sugar feed my bees to get them through spring. Or can I count on the fact they will collect from the flowers as they go. Will the feeding promote swarming.
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