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Feeding Bees in Summer?!

by Ruhl Bee on 07/20/14

It seems just wrong to feed bees in Summer.  But this year, and the past few years have seen inconsistent nectar flow.  Some hives are doing well and others, while still strong, are very light in food stores. Rather than feeding the light colonies, you combine them with heavy colonies. This is not a bad strategy.  If it is not a viable option, you could just hope they catch up on their deficit in food storage, and if they don't, then let nature take its course--survival of the strong.
If you can't stand the thought of the light colony starving over winter, this is the time to start feeding sugar syrup and a pollen patty or Amino-B.  Check their weight once a week by tilting the lower box forward at the back cup handle.

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