Climate is a big variable, but so is the strain of bee.
My russian/carniolan/? mutts generally consume between 30 to 50 pounds. My Italian/? mutts go through about 60 to 70 pounds. I ususally aim for about 80 to 90 pounds just to be safe, but I worry less about the russian/carniolans running out of food...
What about the location of the honey in relation to the cluster? My Italians starved out even though there was honey withing inches of them. They went to the top of the frames and that was it!
I am planning to keep a medium super atop of the two deep brood nest until sometime in September. I am hoping that the workers will move the stores down for the winter. I am also getting a frame type feeder to feed back some surplus honey I am saving in the refrigerator. Any recommendations? Is that a viable plan? Oh yeah, now I have russian/carniolians this year.
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