Re: My poor bees were starving - are yours?
I disagree - the consumption from my feeders varies widely between nuc/splits/packages and over-wintered hives (at the beginning of the season). Then they all go thru a period of non-consumption. As we go into the dearth later in the year - they all seem to want it. I've had hives packed with stores taking it and others, less endowded, ignore it.
I'm not yet at the point where the quality matters, just the quantity to make them thru the winter - next year, maybe - yes, next year - if you're a feeder, of course. I keep feeders on my hives except in the winter and when they are not taking it - with 4-6-8 weeks or so before I try again.
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