Feeding the bees for the Winter

Winter is settling in, although it’s been warmer in the Ardeche mountains than in the valley the past week.  Today we put some sugar feed paste into the feeders of the hives. The feed paste doesn’t freeze in cold weather and will provide food for the bees during the coldest winter months.

We make an opening in the pack and then place it over the opening in the feeder, so that the bees can get at it easily. 

We will check on their consumption of the feed over the next months. The colder it is, the more they will consume for energy to keep the hive and the queen warm, so we will add more feed depending on the weather.

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