Well, I'm trying something new this year, I will be overwintering hives shaken as packages in the fall. I will be buying 50 packages in the fall (sept 15 roughly) and shaking these onto foundation and then fed heavily and overwintered as single deeps. These are 6-10ish pound packages. (They are the result of shaking a full sized hive into a package). I will also perform my first ever "treatment" while in the packages I am going to dust with powdered sugar to knock off some mites. I won't treat these after that, just a extra precaution. This is late in my area to try something like this but I want to see how my success rate is with it, other than a heavy feeding nothing special will be done with these hives, they will e overwintered in a single deep, with a migratory cover and solid bb. Hopefully everything goes well and all 50 hives pull through winter, I'm hoping for at least 45 to come though, they will then be requeened and used in the operation next season! I will update periodically and let you guys know how it going. Any ideas and thoughts to help get these though are appriciated as well.