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mid july

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OK so it's mid July. I started in April with 3 packages with Queens and am yet to see honey or add supers on hives. I don't expect to have a lot of honey my first year, but do want to get my girls through the Winter. It's been wet and cool here all year so far. This week we are looking at highs in the mid 70's and upper 50's at night and have had rain 2 to 3 times a week. I have plenty of bees but, I'm at the point that I don't know if I should feed or not. One of my locations may not be as good as the other, but bees find what they need don't they.
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Yes, they'll find what they need, so long as it's there to be found. Every location has different flows and strength of flows. Feeding will depend on how good the flows are and what sized brood and stores you will need to over winter.
You can try feeding but you will probably find that they aren't going to take it; there are other more tasty sources out there for them for the time being. Give it a try, it won't hurt.
It would be good to know your hive weights and what is locally considered a good wintering weight. With my climate if you wait too late depending on a good autumn flow and it doesnt come, it gets too cold to take feed and you and your bees are in a hard spot. Decision making time!
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