Gerry Collins wrote:
Only ever had to use fondant during 3 winters out of the last 59 years and then only needed it for a few colonies.
Hi Gerry. I don't know why you feel the need to overwinter on double brood for your 'selected mongrels' which should be close to Amm,
as these overwinter nicely in a single national brood chamber* but I'm sure you have your sound reasons.
Having said that, I think this winter* may well be #4 for you to use fondant if your weather has been anything like mine with the bees so active and still rearing lots of brood the last two months.
*Timber with top insulation, tray in with lip turned down and the entrance greatly reduced.
* A mild winter will cut deeply into their stores.