Re: Thought I was ready for winter?
If I am reading you right it sounds like you have a full box of honey on top and a typical brood nest below. I would not expect to find a lot of brood this time of year. I would be more concerned with the bee population is there enough bees to make a survivable cluster. For now I persoanlly put that at 10 frames of bees but have seen far fewer than that survive. I am not sure I would expect 10 frames from a first season colony. If your population seems light expect your bees to try and correct that through the winter. this means they may go through more stores than they woudl otherwise and need feeding earlier in the spring. possibly as early as January or February depending on how long they can sustain population growth. In other words expect to keep a closer eye on how much honey they have later in the winter. I would only be feeding now if they start depleting that box of honey to any degree.
Also how is the pollen situation? Otherwise I am not seeing anything in your description that would worry me.
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