How to persuade my bees to take the capped honey (which is very little) in the super down to the brood box, before I pack it down for the Winter?
My flow hive is on the Mid-Coast of NSW.
After the fires last Summer, my bees have struggled with the dearth of pollen and nectar, but have now re-established good numbers, brood and pollen stores. Yay!
However, they have very little capped honey in the super, and none in the brood box, with only a small amount of uncapped honey in the brood box.
I haven’t taken any honey at all during this time, thinking that they would be building it up.
The bees seem to be actively foraging, but there must be no available nectar for them to store honey.
I have decided to remove the super, pack down for Winter, and feed them immediately with 2:1 sugar syrup until Spring, using an internal feeder in the roof.
There is a small amount of capped honey on three of the flow super frames. I’d like to have the bees take it all down to the brood box.
How to persuade them to move it?