Last yr I started with a nuc and a package and spit until I ended up with 8 colonies. 4 of which were small going into winter. I got sidetracked last fall building a new house and didn't realize my hives got robbed out and we didn't have much of a fall flow that I was expecting. I fed them a lot and even mountain camped them. The 4 smaller ones were simply not large enough to make it through our harsh winter. The other 4 made it through just fine but got stuck on brood early when we had an extended cold snap at the end of winter and they starved out with honey 2 in away. What can I do differently this yr. I have 2 late start nucs that should be up to 3 med on one and a deep and 2 med on the other. Obviously I will check on them sooner/ more often in the fall and feed earlier if need be, but my main question is what do you do in the early spring/late winter to ensure they don't get stuck on brood with no stores within reach?