Re: Feeding with Deep Boxes in the Northwest
Hey Zom, I'm, just over the hill from you in P-Valley. I winter in 2 deeps and we're doing our first harvest this coming weekend as well. We will weigh the 2 deeps after we pull supers and we generally end up pulling a couple frames of honey from the upper brood box because they come in over 125 pounds. Our brood nests are in the lower boxes now. When we pull brood box frames we pull only the center frames, then move outer frames to the center, this assures us we have this year's honey. The cluster will eat the honey we leave in the center as they move up during the winter. We do 3/4 insulation on 3 sides, wrap over that, a 1" hole in the upper brood box reduced to 1 bee width using cardboard, feeding shim with sugar and quilt box above that. We've had 100% winter survival so far. Some hives will go through their 10 lbs of MC sugar by December, some will never go through it all, lots of variation. We toss in sugar bricks if needed. I'm trying out a single deep this year, had a queen I was going to kill but decided to try to winter in a single deep with her, that hive will get the same as the others.
5 Production colonies, 1 side by side 5 frame nuc for support- 7 working queens is all I want.