So are you saying with our climate we need to leave the box full going into winter? I would think the honey left over the brood nest and a few frames to one side would be enough.
You dont' want honey on both ends of the brood nest unless there is enough honey on either side to sustain the bees through winter. One of the reasons why I keep the brood nest in the front is the bees are mostly forced to move from front to back as winter progresses, thereby preventing them from getting stuck and starving midwinter 2 ft away from the nearest honey.
What do you think about that? And having thought about that would you still recommend a full box of honey for winter? Most people recommend 50-80 lbs for italians in northern climates.
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