Properly prepared means that the bee have enough honey and pollen to last them until nectar and pollen are available naturally in the spring. Feeding during the winter should not be necessary.Andrew---when you say "properly prepared for winter" does that mean enough honey stores? My mentor seems to think my bees are in good shape in that regard. I only have one hive and this is my first so I'm trying to sponge up info from all of you!
I'm with you it works great and it takes moisture out of the hive and my bee did well last year with stright up suger as a back up keeps them happy.I use dry sugar instead of candy boards or fondant. To me it seems sugar would take less time and work as well as being cheaper to use. My question what do others think of one method over the others?