In early December, I put an extra empty super on our hives, lined half of it with newspaper and pured in 5 lbs of dry granulated sugar. I had intened to spray it with water as Annette did, but found that I forgot to bring a spray bottle and, therefore, did not wet the sugar. I checked the hives quickly this afternoon since we are having some unseasonably warm days (60) and found that the bees all had honey stores and found that the sugar had hardened. I am presuming this was from the moisture in the hive and can see that the sugar is a good way to soak up some that extra moisture. I read that on another post (by KathyP, I believe) and so I was encouraged that my forgetfulness served a positive purpose. My question, however, is when do I pull the extra super and sugar it contains? I have no way of knowing if the bees are using the sugar or not. I saw that one hive was building burr comb up from the top of the frames into the super with the sugar. They were all quite industrious and did not seem to notice me peering in at them as they built. I was almost tempted to pull the sugar and put on a super of starter strips for them to draw out comb, but then I rememebered that it is still February, and the cold will be back.