So with too much time on my hands now that fall has reached here. I got to thinking about feeding and when would it not be cost effective. For example if you had to feed a hive all winter. How much 2 to 1 syrup would you be talking about? I can understand that feeding in late winter to stimulate the queen into laying but I was thinking if a package of bees is around $70 give or take, at what point do you say feeding until spring is not worth it? This will be my first winter so I would like to have an idea of what you all would do with a colony which is low on honey in say Dec. or Jan. I'm sure it differs with each state and the size of the colony but I was looking for some idea.