Hello,

Can anyone tell me if it is wise to feed bees throughout the winter? I live in central Texas where our winters can be mild. For example, my bees have been active during the past week. When I checked my two hives in late fall to get them ready for winter, one (new in 2002) only filled about half a brood chamber. We had a very dry spring, and I suspect not much honey flow. My other hive that produced 100 pounds of honey in 2001, produced nothing in 2002. I thought I'd try feeding the smaller hive through the winter just to see if they grow. For the past couple weeks I've actually been feeding both hives (sugar water). The smaller hive (All Americans) consumes a quart per day. The larger hive (Italians) consumes a quart in five days. Any comments?

Thanks,

Doug