Thank you for your response.
Would there be enough honey in one brooder to get them through the winter?
If the hive is insulated, it will be enough.
Of course you must make sure that combs are full.
When hives make cleansing flight, you should sheck with hand, that hive is heavy and it has still food, If it is light, then you give those
capped honey frames to the hive or put the whole box over the hive in March or something.
You should make clear, how you winter the fees with idiotic sure system.
I like at the level of Anchorage and on average 20 kg sugar keeps the hive alive from September to May with very simple system,
- honey off
- reduce the hive to one or 2 boxes.
. shake bees into those wintering boxes
. feed sugar as 1:2 syrup
. insulated hives = saves energy 30% = instead of 6 months the store lasts 9 months.
- good spring build up = good early yield
No wrapping, no empty boxes up or down