I just find it wrong feeding the Honey Makers with sugar syrup so looking for a way to satisfy both my self and my ladies.
As I mentioned earlier I have a feeling that constant supering/nadiring/spacing has the effect of creating large colonies. Beekeepers know this and look at it in a positive way. I don't. Not anymore.
The more bees in the hive the more stores they need to overwinter. Some beeks overwinter small colonies on only 2 combs (under 4 kg stores). Dr. Seeley finds in his swarm behaviour study that bees prefer cavities about +/- 40 litres not bigger nor smaller. Our hives are usually much bigger throughout the season tricking bees into feeling the colony body is large so they try to fill it with extra bees to do the excess work. This results in too many bees going into winter. These are only my hypothesis, I could be wrong.
Any way, I have started preparing 1 suoer per each TBH in which bees can store the excess honey. This super is not "aggressive" since it has only one opening so bees in the brood area doesn't feel the space above being empty. This will make sure bees focus mainly in the bottom part to prepare it for the winter and if the honey flow is very strong the house bees will have the choice to fill the super with honey ... or not.
This super is too tall/deep. I plan on making 10 cm tall super because
Queen dislike laying eggs in such a small space.
1cm Spacers for the entrance into the super making sure the sides are
closed so no robbing can occur.
This opening is placed just above the actual top entrance.
Im still not sure if Im to have the opening at back, or front
or both. The most important thing is that the brood nest is cover
at all times. I feel this kind of super is not forcing bees into
storing nectar into it but rather using ONLY if the honey
flow is truly strong. Lets test this next year.
Our chicks guarding the Apiary :)
I have spotted one Hornet snatching a flying bee every now and then.
One can still see the pollen on this poor bee's legs.