Re: Foul Brood or other problems in hive - with pictures
you would have to keep the difference in climate between utah and alabama in mind, but...
i successfully over wintered 5 nucs last year. they ranged from 5 - 7 frames and all were in a single deep.
i made solid divider boards out of 1/2" wood, and reduced the space by removing the foundation only frames. i put the drawn frames and bees on the 'sunny' side of the hive, then the divider board, and filled up the empty space with crumpled up newspaper. i also insulated the top, and left small vents open at the top.
all five made it fine, never ran completely out of stores, but i did a little feed in the form of patties in march.
i was told that there should be at least half of the hive with stores, (a little more shouldn't hurt), and the other half should have open comb for clustering.
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives