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Guard Bee

Joined: 26 Mar 2012
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Location: Coventry, UK

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:00 am    Post subject: Preparing for winter ... Reply with quote

Hello Folks. Advice please. Basically what shall I do now?? I've got 5 hives; 3 good strong colonies; 2 less so. I've taken a bit of honey off which will give us enough for our morning toast over the winter.

I plan to leave the rest there for the winter, and then harvest honey in the spring; the honey they haven't used during the winter.

Is there anything else I should do now. The 2 weaker colonies I was going to feed with syrup. Good idea??

As always .... thanks!
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Golden Bee

Joined: 31 May 2010
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Location: Cambridge, UK

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't fed for several years now but I know from experience that I can expect a strong flow from the ivy any day now. The most important thing for me this time of year is to close down the entrances to make it easier for them to defend the colony. Otherwise I am likely to lose colonies to wasps.

If a colony really needs feeding I will do so but if a colony is already week, feeding can make robbing more likely and make things worse.

Most importantly, talk to others in your area! All bee keeping is local and even a hundred miles or so can make a massive difference.

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