I have read and it seems to be generaly accepted that most hives that starve do so not in the dead of winter, but actually in late winter/early spring.
My question, is this because of a lack of stores or is it because they simply get caught out of range of the stores that are left?
I have some triple deeps that have lots of stores but let's say they have moved up the middle and are near the top, can they move down to access stores they missed? In late winter/early spring when the bees begin brood rearing, are they able to move around much to access stores or must the feed be in direct contact?
I have been putting fondant patties on my inner covers of my doubles (cheap insurance) but I wonder if I should put any on my triples, even though they were obviously heavy?