Many points were hit here, but think of it in these terms. Honey is a survival food for the bees if you can feed pollen patties or heavy sugar syrup they will do well on it. They will convert 2:1 to honey if they go light in the fall. When harvesting honey you may expect the flow to continue, but it if dries up you want the bees to fill out their hive boxes. Towards the end of the flow we actually throw on hive boxes instead of supers on some hives for the bees to fill out. That way if a hive is light we just throw in a frame or two of honey to fill it out. And we feed up until it is too cold. In the spring feeding a 1:1 solution will stimulate the brood laying before the actual flow starts, so the bees are building up to work the flow better once it starts. These are reasons for feeding. Remember, bees are like livestock or any animal. The more you feed them natural or by another way the stronger and better they will do, especially when getting ready and making it through winter.
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