My bees are being difficult about syrup...for the first several days after I installed them they wouldn't touch either the stuff that came in their packages or the medicated stuff I thoughtfully provided. At long last they started feeding much to my relief. Now I'm wondering when they'll stop.
We've been through the willow pollen season and we're partway into dandelions. Highbush cranberries, bluebells, starflowers, buttercups,lupin, and poppies are also blooming. Day temps are 49-80 degrees F and night temps 29-40. The bees are bringing in all sorts of pollen pretty steadily but they're also ravenously feeding on syrup, so much so I've been afraid to stop feeding it in case there isn't any other nectar source. Also they have raised and are raising a lot of brood and I don't want to thwart that by depriving them of necessary food...if it is actually necessary. The books say to feed in spring "until the bees stop taking syrup." Does this mean they will truly stop taking it at some point or will they always take it if it's available? Does having it available make them less inclined to forage? Should I weaken it progressively and taper off, keep feeding till they stop eating, or just make them go cold turkey?