Pure white refined sugar is the best thing to feed them with. My understanding is that the unprocessed sugar has more solids which can cause more problems during the winter.Does anyone use a natural, organic, unprocessed sugar to feed bees in winter?
Yes, bees in the wild would not survive if they did not store enough honey to make it thru the winter. As a FYI, when you feed them sugar syrup it is called syrup not honey because it is different.Is it possible for bees to store enough honey to support themselves through the winter, without having to give them sugar water?
Where are you located? In general you want 1+ deep or 2+ mediums of stores going into winter. I prefer to go into winter with 3+ mediums, but it varies by region, and I would rather leave extra stores on the hive than have it starve.If so, how much built up stores would I need to see to know they will not starve?