Re: Can sugar bricks go on too early?
Adding the sugar bricks in early is for emergency feeding insurance purpose. If they don't need feeding now then save the sugar for Spring feeding. If you're worry about them carry out the sugar then give them the powder sugar. Since early October I've been giving them Lauri's sugar bricks and now powder sugar on the bottom board. Eventually the cluster will move to the top box where the sugar is at waiting for them. When the queen is still laying the winter bees in the lower box then some bees will go up to retrieve the sugar and then go down again. Rarely they will move the whole brood nest up there unless it is a double brood nest boxes. You have to assess the hive situation in order to give them what they need as an insurance. You can also test out a few hives now to see if they will favor the sugar bricks or not.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?