treecamper, thanks for the tip on the rapid feeder. that's the best one for sale i've seen so far. i like the no mess, no drowning & easy refill combo. too bad as they don't seem to be available in the states. your bees are slurpin' somethin' fierce.
redneck, that's also about the amount mine are slurpin'. 4 frame nuc i got, but more like 3-3 1/2 in reality. yes, from what i understand, you want to stop feeding sugar once they're ready to make honey for harvest, unless you want bee-processed liquid sugar (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).