Feeding for Winter
Feeding a Swarm
Reasons for Feeding Honey Bees
Honey bees will need feeding on some occasions, partly due
to natural circumstances and partly due to the desire of the beekeeper
for a larger number of foraging bees to collect a honey crop from
nectar sources that the bees normal rythm is not tuned to.
In UK oilseed rape (canola) falls into this category. This
is a delicately balenced problem as it can often happen that the bees
are built up in numbers and then the weather turns cool and the bees
are unable to visit the crop and in any case under these conditions
the crop itself does not yield much nectar.
This results in the beekeeper using feed to build them up
and then having to continue feeding just to keep the artificially
enlarged colony alive.
It is also common in UK for a 'June gap' to occur and some
large colonies will need heavy feeding as a result.
Written... 19 December 2001
Revised... 09 March 2002