The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) would like to encourage beekeepers to make sure their bees are properly fed this winter. Due to drought conditions experienced in Ohio this year, stored food sources might be low for some bee colonies.
A lack of stored food for bees could be attributed to the drought and lack of nectar and available water, both necessary components to produce honey. Honey and pollen are needed to feed bee larvae. With little available nectar to make honey and poor pollen production from dry soil, the queen bee slows egg production and the larvae present are fed any available stored honey and pollen remaining from the spring. As these food sources become low, it is important for beekeepers to ensure their bees have a sufficient amount of food stored to survive the winter.
If a beekeeper feels it is necessary to feed their bees, ODA would like to offer the following tips when doing so:
· Lift the back of the hive.… Continue readingRead More »