Re: How do we prepare for winter
Check out what other area bee keepers do for winter.
I would suspect they do very little other than maybe a wind break to prevailing winds.
If the top two supers are mostly full of capped honey and nectar, there is no need to be feeding other than the thrill of seeing the bees.
We're having an early, cold and snowy start to winter. The outside temp is 1.2F and the interior top temp of the hive is 29.7F. And we have some 10 inches of snow.
Have 2 inches of styrofoam and black roofing paper on the exteriors and insulation in top cover and below bottom board. And just enough ventilation to exhaust moisture.
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!