Re: Ask Questions Here!
What squarepeg said, however the practicality of achieving that with a top entrance is limited, you cannot safely feed sugar syrup into a hive if it has a top entrance.
If the open feeding system you are using has been working, ie, the hive is filling with syrup, good. But if you do not see that syrup you are feeding end up in the desired hive, it is going somewhere else.
Just sending a hive into winter with granulated sugar only and little normal stores in the combs is a high risk strategy. You have some opposing advice here ( not unusual ), so go with whichever you want. But if it was my hive, I would not consider it winter ready till it's been stimulated to build more comb and be in two boxes. Only real way to achieve that in this case without adding bees, is to first change to a bottom entrance and give the bees a few days to adapt to that. Then put a frame feeder or top feeder in and feed them syrup at a rate that forces them to build new comb. At the same time feed an occasional extra comb into mid broodnest to encourage them to produce more bees.
If you want them to winter with a top entrance, you can change back to one after syrup feeding is over.
So to me, the goal would be the hive in two boxes of drawn comb with more bees than currently, and plenty of syrup plus whatever they gather, stored in their combs. Once that has been achieved you can consider supplementary granulated sugar feed through winter although I never do that.
Secondly I would do a mite count or two, a healthy hive is a pre requisite to winter survival.
Sorry about all the conflicting advice, it happens. Just pick whichever way you want to go. But learn though, if something does not work don't just shrug your shoulders and move on. Figure out why it didn't work and what you have to change next time to make it work, that way you can get some benefit even from a loss.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).