Mid-June, I obtained a swarm from a local beekeeper (don’t know when he caught it) and transferred it from his Langstroth nuc to my new TBH. I did not take any of the comb from his nuc. He did, however, give me a large jar of honey so I could feed the bees for awhile until they got reestablished in the new hive and started building comb.
The hive appears to be doing well so far. The honey lasted about three weeks. I am seeing lots of brood & brood comb, but barely any capped honey. The bees have built on about 12 bars so far. They have 5-6 empty bars available and are crawling on them, but haven’t built anything in the last few weeks.
Should I be worried that they don’t have much honey stores at this point? i.e. do I need to feed them again and/or over the fall & winter? I was hoping to not have to feed my bees but since we got off to a late start, I don’t want to be cruel and let them starve, either.