So as a new beekeeper ( 2nd year now) there is obviously a mountain to learn so ive been watching/reading a bunch online and I have really enjoyed the videos by Michael Palmer. This approach seems to make the most sense to me.
->i came through my first beekeeping winter with only 1 out of my 2 hives alive and have had a pretty successful year in 2016,. I made a bunch of splits then splits from splits.
I have let some raise their own queens and also I have brought in 2 pure russian queens, 2 queens from Micheal Palmer and 3 queens from Anarchy Apiaries.
-> we have only taken a total of 50lbs of honey this year for ourselves but have currently:
6 Hives with 2x 10frame deeps (they are all working on honey supers but only one has much progress-> that hive has 2 full medium honey supers and a third one that they just started)
9 nucs ( 8 in double overwintering nucs with 4 over 4--> being fed pollen patties and sugar syrup but not a whole lot of upper box progress in any of them so far) and 1 in a single 5 over 5 nuc ( this one is struggling with no upper box work yet)
All hives large and small are being fed pollen patties and syrup.
Im planning on seeing how every one does with making stores then combining/condensing the weaker hives into more double overwinter nucs and splitting up the resources to make sure everyone has the same amount of honey for winter.
Im planning to wrap with tar paper, use quilt boxes for moisture, and feeding shims with upper entrances and sugar cakes and putting mouse guards in the lower entrances. Will be giving all another round of OAV treatment probably in a couple of weeks here also. They will have snow and wind breaks put up.
I will also give them terramycin and mann lake winter patties before i shut up the hives for the winter.
Does this all sound reasonable?