If you are uncertain whether your bees have sufficient winter stores, then the following is a recipe for candy which can be safely fed to the bees when they are not active due to cold conditions and therefore could not be safely fed with syrup.
Be patient, this Meade will take about 18 months before it is ready to drink and the longer you leave it, the better it is.
Things You Should Do Each & Every Time You Open A Hive.
In our age of western medicine, society has turned away from natural health remedies that were greatly used by our ancestors. We often rely more on the modern chemically produced pills than all natural traditional medicine. Honey is much sweeter than sugar and is far better for you.
People say what is it ? Do I need a Nuc? Will I use it? Can I save money not having one? I can’t see the point in having one! Well You Do Need a Nuc.
This is not as simple as you may first think! It starts out life from nectar that’s all Sugar (Sucrose) and about 85% water.
Bees in the United States and Europe are starting to evolve through natural selection to survive a mite that has been decimating their populations.
From April and through to May, June and July, things just slow down in our hives; the queen is not laying so many eggs. We have our hives going from 60,000 bees, with some 15,000 developing in their cells down to just 8 – 10 thousand bees.
If we look at aspects of the ‘honey bees‘ life in the southern Australian temperate climate, from winter through to summer and back to winter it is not the same as the northern hemisphere, so most bee books are only a guide in our hives.
Sometimes you need to find your queen, and sometimes you only need to know that she is alive and well. But, if you absolutely must find an unmarked queen, there’s nothing like a little practice.
If you get down to it, a swarm is a form of reproduction a colony, as opposed to the reproduction of individuals. This planned move is made by the whole hive. No boss, leading hand or Overseer; but as a group, a colony as one.
Firstly, Bees need water to dilute honey before it can be use as food in the hive. Secondly, Water is needed to maintain a high humidity levels to stop the brood from drying out. Thirdly…
See the attached presentation by Steve Rose for links to KTBH build instructions. KTBHive Presentation001