A follow up to my post last month on my bee's storage choices.
First year bee keeper here. I pulled off my honey super today to prepare for wintering and did a hive inspection on my two deep boxes. I find it strange the way my bee's are storing honey and brood. I have two deep boxes, each with 8 frames. The bottom box is almost empty. Literally 2-4% filled with honey and probably another 2-4% filled with brood. The top deep is another story however. It's probably 55% filled with honey, 40% filled with brood and 5% empty. So odd to me the top deep can look so good and the bottom look so bad. My hive itself looks excellent! A ton of healthy looking bee's and capped brood.
Because the bottom has so much room for storage I put my 2:1 sugar ratio on today to hopefully have them fill it for winter. I'm in Sonoma County, CA and our winters aren't that bad so I'm thinking the honey storage I have already will be enough, but a little extra sugar water shouldn't hurt!