Finsky - what are you doing awake in the middle of the night??? .
I am on another side of globe. Here is now morning 7:42
I was thinking about taking the top boxes off, especially if I put this feeder box on, .
It is not time to feed. It will be fermented. Let them be in peace and give them insulation on the top and on sides.
I'll go ahead and move any frames with stores into the bottom box..
February is like December and March is finally moving back toward an occasional 40's day..
Bees need for cleansing flight bright sunrise and one day whet temperature rises to 41F.
I lost 2 of 3 hives last winter to starvation (head first into cells) and each hive had 2 full deeps of stores, but I didn't feed them in the spring (didn't know I should). .
Get insulated brood boxes. It saves your bees. I have had 1,3 inch wooden boxes and they need 50% more winter food than insulated. It is much.
I have normally 15 hives. I loose normally 0,5 hives per winter, but none for starvation. If I feed too much, fermented food will run them away from hive to the snow. Their stomach , you know.
I'll put the 'feeder boxes' on now, .
After my 40 years experience, it is a mistake.
* Every year I check the food after cleansing flight. I can weight the hive with one hand and if it is light, I give food.
* I take inner roof away and I look if there seems capped cells, if not, I give food.
* During spring I even food frames between hives.
* I give sugar 40 lbs per hive at September and it is enought to May.
I leave no honey for winter. Our sugar price is 1$ and honey 6$. No idea to feed with honey.