My local semi-mentor (you here on the forum are the other half:smile beekeeper told me this past week that I should start feeding syrup the first week in March. Now I know that I've got to start feeding soon, but what he suggests seems to go against everything I've learned here. If I feed syrup, now, I can either go with the inverted jar method which could create moisture and chilling issues--and I'd have to keep feeding until the nectar flow. The top feeder would probably eliminate the moisture issues, but I don't think they'll break cluster to get to it. The temps here are still cold with 32 degrees F being a warm day. The hive seems to be pretty heavy still, but it's been too cold to open it up to check stores. The bees seem to be OK for now since I always see a crowd at the top entrance. But I don't have the instincts that come from experience and I don't want to make a mistake after they've made it this far. My mentor has 50+ hives scattered over 4-5 yards and he has taught me lot, but I'm a little reticent to start feeding syrup now. What say ye?