Feeding the bees fondant I made to help them through the winter. Alot of the bees that starved had plenty of honey in the bottom box's, but bees like to move up especially since the heat pools at the top of the double box's.
Why not only have one box then you might say?! Well in this part of the world our winters are long and cold, one box of honey is simply not enough for bees that are spending their winter outdoors. So as beekeepers we must spend our fall season pumping the bees up with sugar syrup to make enough honey to last the long winter, and fill two whole box's with at least 80 lbs of honey.
Why would we need to feed them at all, shouldnt they be able to survive the winter, it's because the beekeepers keep stealing their honey?! This is also sadly not true. As European honeybees are not native to Canada, they are just not set up for life here. The dearth before winter sets in very early, the bees would need to store enough honey to be without for as much as 9 whole months! This is a task they are not prepared for. So we as northern beekeepers take the summer flower harvest for ourselves, to offset the cost of feeding the bees for what amounts to the better part of the year. A well managed healthy hive should be able to store enough honey using sugar syrup to survive most winters. This winter has been VERY cold.
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