Re: New bee Mom questions.
SoaringHawk, One needs to check the winter stores supply in the brood boxes before extracting any honey for yourself unless you intend to feed. Sounds like you might have decided to leave the honey supers, if you do and there are any open cells in the supers then whatever you feed them will no doubt be stored and capped in the supers, leaving you with some amount of sugar water in the supers. If you have decided to leave the bees the supers then it would be best to lift the back of the hive with 1 hand and check the hive weight. When I heft my 2 deep hives up from the back I want the hive to be heavy enough to where I am able to just barely lift them then I know they are ready for winter. Athens Georgia is in a warmer climate than where I am so you will probably need to find someone from your area to help you with estimating how much to leave the hives for winter. I just wanted you to see what I do to prepare for winter and perhaps that might help you.
Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A