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spring build-up

  1. Bee Forum
    This is my first overwintering and I need to know when to start feeding to initiate brood buildup. I expect april 1 is the target date to have foragers available. I have both nuc's and full size hives. And do I feed patties and thin syrup (2 parts water, 1 part sugar) to trigger the queen to lay?
  2. Bee Forum
    I have read on several places about the different ratios to use for feeding during different times of the year. The 1:1 and 2:1 (sugar : water) are documented the most and probably used the most. Does anyone use a 1:2 mix leading up to spring? I've heard or read that the more watered down mix...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I'm wondering if a very small overwintered colony is likely to swarm. I just looked through this hive last week, and there were maybe three frames worth of bees with a small amount of brood. They have tons of stores. How likely is it that a colony like this will still swarm? We're booming in...