Fast forward to the start of September and this was my layout:
Hive 1: Originally from a nuc, swarmed and produced an incredible queen very heavy with winter stores, good bee population
Hive 2: Originally from a nuc, had build up issues and the bee bread mystery, was visited by the Zia queen, light on stores needed heavy feeding, has an ok bee population
- I tried feeding this hive with heavy sryup 5:3 but they really didn't want to take it till the end of sept
- Failure on my part to do a full tear down inspection -- feels like about 80 lbs
- Made up some sugar boards to feed later in the winter
Hive 3: First swarm from hive 1, iffy queen possible drone layer, possibly laying worker, very very light on stores. Small worker population.
- Found the queen and set her aside -- Did a full hive shake out on the other side of my 6 acres
- this hive was eating about a gallon of 5:3 syrup every 3-5 days
- Did a follow up inspection at the end of sept laying patter much better stores much better
Hive 4: Afterswarm from hive 1, queen never spotted, after 30 days no queen sign found, installed Zia queen, 1 full medium super of honey, fair bee population
- Did feed a small amount
- Seems to be doing ok
- Zia queen left queen cells behind
Nuc 1 & 2 were were just attempts at producing queens nuc 1 was a complete failure. Nuc 2 produced queens but they didn't mate well, but was overtaken by the Zia queen who likes to run amok.
- Nuc 1 combined with Nuc 2
- Nuc 2 Ignoring all feed
- Mid september inspection Zia queen missing, 3 new queen cells... (WTF is up with this zia queen)
So all in all half my hives aren't as promising for winter stores as I would like but my Zia queen has gotten around and we'll see how her daughters fair.