Re: should bees be fed during "summer dearth"?
Yes, I think I killed a colony by feeding while they were queenless (though I didn't know it at the time).
Originally Posted by Michael Bush
I put a jar feeder on top of the colony, and it was drained in half a day. I did it a few more times, and then when I opened up the hive it was nearly empty of food and of bees.
The curious thing is that I was feeding all 6 of my colonies, so the robbers had plenty of syrup available right above them. Why would they go next door if they have food at home? Darn Italians!
Of course this assumes that the robbers were coming from my other colonies. I suppose they could have been coming from anywhere.
Painted Peacock Manor, Palos Verdes, CA