I've been a bit worried about my bees lately. I fed them for a few weeks when I receied them in June but both of my bee buddies were concerned that they had stored a lot of the sugar syrup and were running out of room for the brood so they both recommended that I stopped feeding them. So I did, and they do seem to be happily foraging but their brood is just getting bigger and bigger and their stores don't seem to be increasing that much and there's so many more of them now. They have some stores but there is still a small amount of wax that they haven't drawn. Although, they have decided to draw comb everywhere else. I'm starting to wonder if my rather expensive see-through crownboard is encouraging them to stick the crownboard to the frames.
I put their first Apiguard treament on last week (25th) and I will feed them as soon as my eke arrives this week and will then check them again after the 10 days of the first treatment. I did see that the ivy had come out in bloom this morning on our walk and the hedges were positively humming with the sound of foraging bees but I think it will be much better to have fed them enough by the end of September rather than wait to see if they have foraged enough for themselves.
I've been getting my partner to help take photos of the frames as I pull them out (from the back) so that I can keep a rough record of their progress. We checked them 3 times this month (3rd, 12th, 25th). Below are the photos of each frame on those dates (F is front and B is back). You can spot the queen each time. She is marked with a white dot.