Originally Posted By rickomatic:
They could easily use up those 10 frames. Make sure to keep an eye on them when you have a nice day to check. Especially come early spring. I've lost hives by not being proactively checking them in spring, thinking they had plenty of stores. They can go through it quickly early. Last year 2 of my 3 made it to spring in great shape, only to die off because I stopped feeding them after they got started on their own. Our spring took a turn to the bad and they ran out of forage. I didn't keep a good enough eye on them, and they starved. I took this year off and will start up again this spring.
What about those protein patties? Or just sugar water? I have a top section double bay feeder. Goes under the roof. They find it pretty fast when I install & fill it.
I misunderstood a post from another thread that said they don't become welfare dependent and fed them well into the fall. Honey came out great but I had huge numbers and lots of bearding at nights. Felt bad about feeding them too late. I thought offering food was good so they could take it as they wanted.