Re: How much honey do we leave for overwintering SE TX?
Hey Bz, Welcome to Beesource. There are a couple of members a few miles north of you in Spring and Cleveland that I am aware of. To answer your question, no, there is no formula as different areas need differing amounts to successfully overwinter. As a rule of thumb for the Gulf coast, I think 40# would be sufficient for most winters. Contrast that to the folks up north that worry if they dont have 100#+. One full deep per hive (about 75#) is plenty. I overwinter here on one medium of stores, but also have syrup on all winter and provide suplemental sugar bricks just in case.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.