It’s mid December and I find myself going in circles. Checking dates that become available for surrounding bee schools and also watching weather reports so I can check my bee hives that I have out. I feel that most of my hives are in good shape but needing warmer temperatures of at least 50 degrees in order to do a brief inspection. A brief inspection would include lifting the rear of the bee hive to check the weight and being prepared to feed if necessary. Bees can be fed sugar water, corn syrup and winter patties.
Feeding can be a benefit for the overall health of the colony. When temperatures drop for extended periods of time, stored reserves are used up as energy and needs to be replenished. A simple and an easy way to feed are by using winter patties. Winter patties are loaded with carbohydrates and small amounts of protein with a low moisture level content. They should be placed on the frames just above the cluster. Any inspection should be brief and should not disturb the cluster. Feeding could be done when weather permits as needed.