Re: Layens Hive Spring Feeding
So you are in the Ozarks (pretty much - South).
Originally Posted by Bendt
Hopefully, you got some of those feral bees then (a prerequisite for the Leo's talks and stuff to work - "....local bee's, no feed, no treatment,....").
You have to figure out your own bee situation, before you follow his philosophy.
My "spring build-up" feeding means:
- the bees just keep eating the dry sugar during the cold weather (if have to, especially this is important for the weak units - they just stick to the ceiling and will not move side-ways - too cold);
- otherwise, they have enough honey in the frames;
- they also have frame(s) of honey available just outside of the follower boards (they can get them only during the warm days);
During the "swarm catching" there is no feeding.
I will give 1-2 frames of junk leftovers to a swarm to latch onto and get cleaned up and fixed up.
There is usually enough old honey/pollen for them to eat for 2-3 days of rain, if have to.
But otherwise, the swarms fly during foraging time - no need to feed.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.