The remaining colonies received their first feeding of the Fall today. Last year there were only two colonies to feed this year there are five. So i made five gallons of syrup which isn't cheap. We paid around 58¢ per pound for this sugar. Since we made 1:1 syrup we used 30lbs. of it, or $17.40 worth. We plan to only feed once a week until the bees have ample reserves. More if the colony is having trouble.
The syrup for this batch was just sugar and no Bee Tea. I did add a Tbsp of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar to it along with a drop of White Thyme & Peppermint Oils each. The bees took to it immediately.
I want to keep the top entrances in this Winter (via the Imirie shims) but i took them out for the feedings. The entrance would be up against the HTF's and would likely cause robing. I'll put then back on once feeding season is done; Late November or December.