I put two yards to bed for the winter. I have been boiling down leftover 2-1 so I can pour them into empty frames. I already had about 100 pounds of sugar blocks at those yards but still had my top feeders on hoping and praying. Out of 8 hives with them on none were taking anything despite the 50's that we have had. So I moved to plan B for winter feed.
My plan B is candy frames, follower boards (3/4 Advantech glued to 2" insulation) as recommended by enjambres. I really didn't want to put the hives in nucs so in bottom boxes that had empty frames I took those out and put in follower boards. in the 2nd deep box if there were empty frames I either repeated the followers or put in all candy frames. Then I topped them off with sugar patties and quilt boxes.
Funny newbee said he saw some pollen as I did to on one bee. I also saw some frames that I swear had nectar in them but not capped. looked like the bees were drawing comb and processing the nectar. I dyed my 2-1 and this had no color. Very very strange.
I had some anxiety going to the yards afraid I would also have some absconding or dead outs. I have two nucs that I also winter prepped but not even checking on those. I had started ten nucs with queens this year and ended up with only 3 double deep hives and 2 nucs left from it. all others absconded and one swarmed. For the amount of work and money I put into all of my hives this year I really wanted to come out with 20 or more hives. i'll really be surprised if I have 4 at the end of this winter.....which was where I was last year.