So... its late November now and i would characterize my winters as being fairly moderate compared to most of the country, but i'm looking for advice as to whether or not any steps should be taken for winter care of my 7 hives....

in AZ, its still warming up to low 80s but the nights get cool here- in the 40s for now.... the top brood boxes are offset about 3/4" back for ventilation.... should i close this? should i insulate my hives with Styrofoam or other?

Also, my hives are fairly new- i only got honey from two of them during our may-june flow.... they all have at least one super on them but i suspect those are mostly empty now... should i feed them sugar water through the winter? i think i saw some robbing the other day...


thanks!