Learn all about feeding your backyard bees with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Considering that bees feed on plant nectar, you’d think you wouldn’t have to feed your bees. You should not feed your bees while bees are in honey production or you have honey supers in place. However, sometimes there are circumstances where your bees will need your help. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn when and how to feed your backyard bees.
Bee Feeding Controversy
Within the beekeeping community, it’s a general rule that you should not feed your bees. It can welcome pests such as ants, yellow jackets and wasps. It can also encourage robbing, where invader bees from another hive attack your beehives. Swarming is another issue that can arise when you feed your backyard bees. There are, however, some situations where feeding your bees is necessary.
A New Hive
Whether you’re starting your first hive or you’ve divided your existing bee colony, you’ll need to help your new bee colony get started. A beehive feeder can be used to supply your bees with sugar syrup. There are entrance feeders and frame feeders, both of which can provide your bees with an energy source when nectar supplies is initially low.
Lack of Honey in the Winter
Bees are supposed to store up enough honey during the spring and summer to get the hive through the winter. Some hives struggle to do this and will require your help. As a last resort, you can make a sugar board. It’s essentially a beekeeping frame that’s packed with a sugar and water mixture. It’s placed on top of the hive, where bees can access it during the cold winter months. You can buy a sugar board, or you can make your own.
Beekeeping is a fun hobby with sweet rewards. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find everything you need to get started with your own backyard bees. From bee hives and frames to honey extractors, you can keep bees and enjoy the rewards of organic honey and beeswax straight from your backyard. For more tips on caring for your bees, visit our Beekeeping blog.