I have a good number of 5 over five frame nucs overwintering. So far, most look great. But some are light.
I have been using a three inch shim on top to place dry sugar. I have been doing so for a number of years with good results. So those further north, claiming Americans feeding is "Child's play" can pass on this thread.
The local store I normally buy bags of sugar went to 4 pound bags, instead of the traditional 5 pound bags always seen in these parts.
So I was thinking, if I place 3 bags that is 12 pounds, 4 bags would be 16. I never really ever placed more than 3 bags when they were 5 pounders. So one option is under, and one is over.
So if you have say 3 pounds of bees, or about three deep frames of bees, how long can this sustain the bees under non-brood rearing situations?
How would one at least ball park an educated guess on how long they could last feeding on 12 pounds of sugar vs, 16 pounds.
How far would one pound honey go figuring the caloric value vs sugar?
Anybody know anything?