Re: Top feeder vs frame feeder in winter
I have followed Mike's recommendations this year to the tee with one exception. All of my full sized hives are up to weight and wrapped and insulated. I have put them to bed for winter. Thanks to Mike for the sound guidance.
The exception is that about 40% of my overwintered nucs didn't draw out and fill the last frame in the top super. Goldenrod was a bit of a bust here with the extended dry period. As an experiment I took out the undrawn frame in these nucs and put a frame feeder in filled with dry sugar. I then poured water over the sugar to saturate and a week later it has turned into a solid block of sugar. Don't know if this is good or bad but I will find out in spring.
All hives and nucs are now on their own till the first warm day in March. Fingers crossed.
Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
USDA Zone 5A