Re: New Beek Need Advise
On the flip side,.if you are interested in the honey for gifting and such, go ahead and extract both supers, leaving the bees only the capped honey in the brood nest. Put the supers back on the hive once extracted and start feeding 1:1 for now. They will have the comb filled back up with "sugar honey" in no time. This you will leave for the bees. We need about 40# total so one medium super of stores will see the bees in our area through mid-March or so.
I am also in USDA zone 7a.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.