Re: Beekeeping in UpState NY
Amy, welcome to beesource.com.
Originally Posted by SmallBlueHouse
In all likelihood it wasn't so much that the bees didn't know to go into the feeder to get feed, but that they may have been too cold to get to it. When temps are low enuf bees cluster close together to share body warmth and survive as individuals collectively.
Now that we have really cold temps and deep snow you should either get that feeder off as soon as possible, no matter the temperature, or decide to leave things alone and take what happens. Do things when you can, not when you think is the best day. That day may never come. Or you may miss it, being busy w/ other things.
"just to get them used to having it." I don't know what you think you mean by that. They won't know what it is untill it has syrup in it and temps are such that they can get to the syrup.
Mark Berninghausen "To float, upheld, as salt water would hold you, once you dared." Denise Levertov, poet