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Someone else just asked this question but I am still not sure what to do. I am also new to beekeeping this year. Here are my questions.

#1 Should I put the hive top feeder back on for the entire winter now that they are collecting less pollen?

...or should I put it on for a few weeks and then take it off for the winter?

#2 Should I put popsicle sticks under the feeder to improve ventilation and prevent condensation?
 

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Hi Tulip. I am going to remove my top hive feeder as soon as it warms up here, [mid 40's degrees for a few days here] but I may feed another gal. 2to1 if it warms up before the end of Oct. I think the bees will have a little less "space" to keep warm.
 

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What kind of stores do they have? How heavy is the hive? If it's heavy enough (100 to 150 pounds) then go ahead and pull it. If not, then leave it on and hope for some more warm days before winter really sets in.
 
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