Nottinghamshire Beekeepers' Association

Feeding your bees

Feeding in the winter

1. Bees are vulnerable at this time of year
2. Make sure your bees don't run out of food
3. Provide fondant if you think they are short of stores
4. A small investment on fondant might turn out to have been invaluable

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Jobs for March

~ check stores and feed if necessary
~ change floors if you haven’t already done so: move the hive to one side, replace the old floor with a clean one and lift the hive back in position. With your nice clean floor insert you can now begin Varroa monitoring again.
~ remove mouse guards and woodpecker protection
~ carry out your first inspection if the weather is warm enough, min 140C - the appearance of blossom on flowering currant is the traditional sign that the weather is warm enough but use a cover cloth to avoid chilling the bees. No need to go through every frame - as soon as you’ve seen a regular brood pattern, some stores and that the bees seem happy, close up.
~ prepare clean brood frames/make up new brood frames - you will need these to hand to replace dirty and damaged comb when you make your full inspections in the warmer weather
~ prepare supers and queen excluders
~ complete all your equipment repairs and cleaning
~ check spare hives, frames and foundation - the active season’s about to start! Take advantage of events and auctions to stock up at affordable prices
~ think about providing a water source close to your hives - pond, gravel tray
~ if you haven’t already done so, start your 2015 record sheets 

Bee at work