Are Your Bees Short of Supplies?

Remember to keep an eye on the stores in your hives during the winter, by giving them a heft periodically. The queen is likely to start laying in earnest soon and the remaining winter stores can soon get used up. Late winter and early spring are the danger periods for lack of stores, so don’t risk your colonies. If you need to feed them now, use candy or fondant. You can use light syrup (1:1 by weight) in a contact feeder once the weather warms up and the signs of spring start to appear, especially if you want to build up a colony for queen rearing, or to split. Don’t use a rapid feeder, or pan feeder as NBU now suggest we should call it, though as it may be too cold for the bees to come up. For more information see BeeBase’s Best Practice Guide to Feeding Sugar.

Remember too that bees need energy food (sugars) and protein (pollen). Raising young bees takes a lot of both. So in addition to making sure that sugar is available in liquid form stored from last year (honey or fed in late summer as sugar syrup) or in fondant form make sure that pollen or a pollen substitute is available. See this Feeding Pollen and Pollen Substitutes guide on BeeBase for more details.


Webinar on feeding bees – 25th August

Feeding Bees – Wally Shaw

Join us for a webinar on Aug 25, 2022 at 7:30 PM BST.

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Our webinar series resumes with a timely session from the WBKA Technical Officer, who will guide you through the process of feeding your bees to ensure they have sufficient reserves going into winter, as well as discussing feeding more widely. It is particularly important to ensure that the bees have adequate reserves after you remove honey supers.
Wally is well known, within and beyond Wales, for his practical advice based on what he and his wife Jenny have learned over 34 years of keeping bees on Anglesey. His series of WBKA booklets, which includes one specifically on the topic of feeding, are invaluable to many of us.
We hope you will be able to join us for what should be an informative session on a very topical issue.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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