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  1. #1
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    Question Should I be removing my top feeder for winter?

    They keep taking sugar in an finding pollen (prior to Sandy at least) so don't wanna deprive them of food.

    Also should I get a shim to allow a top vent?

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    Default Re: Should I be removing my top feeder for winter?

    I assume your talking about syrup. Yes, remove it for the winter. Bees won't take frozen syrup.

    Wayne

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    Default Re: Should I be removing my top feeder for winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by waynesgarden View Post
    I assume your talking about syrup. Yes, remove it for the winter. Bees won't take frozen syrup.

    Wayne
    When do u remove food? Do I need a vent for moisture?

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    Default Re: Should I be removing my top feeder for winter?

    When I feed, I try to have syrup off by late September or early October. (Doesn't always happen.) I use 2 gallon pails so the bees can pull down about 16 lbs of syrup quickly and have time to evaporate off excess moisture before the cold sets in.

    If I have to feed late, I'll feed dry sugar on newspaper over the top of the frames.

    Lots of opinions about ventilation. I've been simply using the 1/2" notch I cut in the rim of the inner covers I make but I'm going to drill an additional 3/4" in hole in the upper box for some additional air flow. As I said, there are a lot of opinions and I'll use what works for me in my area.

    Wayne

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