Me again. I just did a complete hive inspection. Although the third upper box containing my Flow frames has been busy with bees since June 11, they have done nothing to them. Nada. Just sealing up things with propylis. It’s been over two months.
I even coated them with melted wax, which did draw their attention. I live in the Midwest, US, and it’s been really dry for the past six weeks or so.
What should I do? The two lower boxes- the middle one weights probably fifty pounds and is full of honey (or sugar water indeed them in the Spring), lots of capped brood, and larvae. The bottom box is equally filled with capped brood and larvae, maybe not much honey.
Should I wait it out a few more months, accepting that it will start getting cooler then? Or pull the box and start feeding them again? It appears to be a very health population. I wasn’t in it for the honey unless they started really filling it. I just want them to survive till Spring! Even thought about adding a bunch of regular frames and let them start building on those (waxed plastic foundation).
Not sure what my next move is…