Winter Feeding

As temperatures begin to fall it is important that the bees have enough stores or food to last through the winter. However, having a lot of honey in the hive does not necessarily prevent the bees from starving. In colder weather bees will cluster to keep the queen warm but they do not keep the entire hive warm. To generate heat, a certain number of bees will put their heads in frames around the cluster and rapidly flex their bodies. These “heater” bees need a lot of energy so they require easy access to food. But if the hive is cold they can freeze trying to cross over to other frames to get honey. I’m sure that most of us have seen bees that starved in a hive full of honey. Bees will also

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