Aylett, VA 10-frame double deep Langstroth
I think it is important to remember that bees don't starve to death in the winter so much as they do in the early spring. That is when the stores consumption really kicks into high gear. The bees are biologically programed to start brood rearing as soon as the days start to get longer (the winter solstice effect). Give them what they want, as long as it's not jewelry.