Feeding Bees in Winter

If everything is right you probably don’t have to feed your bees but it’s good to check on them and in my book it’s better to feed than not. It’s been so cold I haven’t opened up the hives for a while. I listen from time to time and thought I had lost one because I couldn’t hear any buzzing but when I opened them today (38 degrees) found both hives alive. However in one hive the bee cluster was at the top of the frames. Generally bees feed up so it scares me they were at the top.

I fed both hives in two ways, one was the sugar water. I’m not sure how that’s going to work since it’s supposed to get to 5 degrees tomorrow but I think that is towards Wednesday so they should have 24 hours on it anyway.

The other way I fed them was putting a protein patty in the hive.

I wish I had taken pictures when I had the top of the hive off but all I could think about was getting it closed as fast as possible.

As a hive normally is there isn’t room for a patty so a spacer has to be made, about one and a half inches high.

The top and inner cover of the hive comes off and the spacer goes on.

A patty then gets set on top of the frames. I actually put half of this in each one because hive beetles eat it and lay eggs in it, I’ll add more if needed.

Unfortunately taking the hive apart breaks the seal so after I had the hive back together I taped the joint.

The crack between my spacer and hive body could be pretty hard on them so duct tape was put around the top of both hives.

The black at the top is the tape. Hopefully they will make it through the winter.

Author: millcreekhomestead

Just a stay at home Dad trying to become more self sufficient in a world getting more dependent. It’s easy to get lost in all the things of the world, sometimes the best therapy is getting your hands dirty and growing something good!

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