Last winter was exceptional to me, I had mountains of odd capped honey.
30 hives and normally use 600 kg winter sugar. I only bayed 50 kg sugar and give to all
hives that honey.
In our winter problem is that bees cannot come out between October and Marsh.
Winter was mercy. It was only 3 weeks period when out temp -30C. But bees could make cleansing
flight in April, about one month later than normally.
They were all alive.
I put capped honey boxes over the cluster box. I followed the food consumption and added more boxes over the pile.
Honey frames are not so fat as winter fed frames. So their store was less than normal in the box.
I have been stupid when I dis not realize in former years to give extra honey for winter food.
I let them rotten in my store room and then wax moth concured them....aaarrrrrggghhhhh
yes yes yes --you are missing the whole point-feeding honey from dedicated white wax -virgin to brood
clearing the supper so it can be put away for next seasons honey harvest-any first year keeper can put honey on and leave it on
--but freeing up the dedicated supper with out loosing your white wax thats the point
most cant keep a handle on this-they end up with a bunch of dark wax in there honey suppers and are always talking about freezing in garbage bags--I have whole building filled to the celling with honey suppers all white wax
suppers never are exposed to brood laying ----there are no wax moths in theses suppers -every season i have fresh
start with white wax for my spring honey--i catch the first flow --i am not playing catch up with wax moth damage
I fear its to late for you when it comes to this subject-you are raising fish bait :fishhit: not honey bees-free your self from this burden--- :loll: 8-) RDY-B