Re: Northern splits.
Sounds like a plan!
A question about feeding, as we don't do it much here and we never feed pollen, or at least, I've never seen it done. I'm asking you Beetrucker because sounds like you're doing well & have the knowledge to give me a good answer.
From reading Beesource, feeding of both some kind of honey substitute (fondant or whatever), plus pollen patties, is almost standard procedure. I've thought this must be perhaps, because of the pattern of your flows, and dearths, and also because feeding of drugs to treat nosema is widely done also so would be worked in with other feeding.
But when the hives are like yours, already with what I would have thought more than enough stores, why feed?
In my country it would be the opposite. We would be trying to get the bees to get rid of as much as possible of that old honey, before the new flow started.
Just a mystery about another countries methods, that I've always wondered about, and would like cleared up!
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