Since I am a first year beekeeper, I have three questions I am hoping someone can help me with:
1. When do I put the mouse guards on the hives? I live near Chicago.
2. How long do I feed my hives? I harvested the honey on labor day and put the top feeders on after they cleaned the supers. Two hives have gone through 40 pounds of sugar in a 2 sugar to 1 water mix since then and the feeders are empty again today. It is getting a little expensive since they can clean a feeder dry in a day or two.
3. I bought plastic bottles from Dadant for my honey. Do I need to sterlize them or clean them in any way before I fill them? Or I can I use them straight out of the shipping box.
Thanks for the help.