I took advantage of the wonderful weather, donned my bee suit, and headed out to feed the bees.
Earlier this week I mixed up a batch of sugar syrup in a 1:1 concentration of sugar to water. Once cooled, I poured it into old OJ bottles.
Each hive is equipped with a top feeder.
These feeders are great in that they hold a lot of syrup and the bees can access the food without ever leaving the hive. They sit above the hive body and supers but below the top board and roof. Each side of the feeder has a little floating platform with slits through which the bees sip the syrup. These feeders will keep the bees satisfied until such time as we have our first nectar flow....later in spring.
I also removed the winter jackets from each of the hives. We still may have some cold weather, but not as frigid as in the middle of winter. On days like this, when the sun is shining, the hive gets quite warm. I am afraid that the black tar paper may just make it a little too warm for the girls.
Let's hope for a perfect spring and early summer so that we can count on a big honey harvest!
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
I have been stung once in the past three years. Good bee suits make all the difference!
We do not heat our honey....just drip it through a filter to remove old dead bee parts.
I do not use any medications, chemicals, etc, I practice natural beekeeping.
My honey is a mix of wildflower, clover, alfalfa, blueberry (whatever is growing on the farm)
Bees travel up to 2 miles away to look for nectar....we usually have plenty blooming right here, though.
Bees need a water source for drinking....we have a pond.
My hives are English Garden Hives....purchased through Brushy Mountain Bee Farms (online).
I purchase my bees locally from Bjorn Apiaries.
I love my girls!!!
Ok, have to get buzzy and clean the house....it's raining!!!