On brood I know it can be as little as overnight. You can guess how I know. They can chill enough to not move and recover when warmed up, that does not seem to happen when they are on brood. Guess it is like running a horse to death then.
If bees don't have a couple frames of capped food stores, I feed them til they do. Bees are too expensive to take chances with plus I personally think it inhumane to let animals starve. I like my bees and will gladly lose style points to keep them alive.
I agree. My post wasn't to see if I could just stay ahead of starving them. I was interested to know what their reserve and metabolic limits are.
Today I got into some of my hives and cleaned out leftover hard sugar. I won' t get syrup on board until tomorrow or Wed. Each hive still has lots of honey stores and has evidence of putting up new nectar and pollen.
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