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Aylett, VA 10-frame double deep Langstroth
Give them 2:1 as much as they will take, especially if they seem a little light for your winters.
We still have white aster blooming here in Georgia despite two heavy frosts in the last week. All the pollen I saw was that orange red pollen. The golden rod and everything else stopped blooming already.I was surprised to see pollen still coming in. I can't figure out where they are getting it from. It is bright orange and stacked on their legs in huge clumps. They are not very interested in food it seems as I brought some empty honey pails to clean out and so far there was no interest although bees are flying all over the yard. Top feeders are also not getting much attention - they take 2:1 but very slowly, even the hives that I believe would need more food. Temperatures are in +20C range...
Glad they are healthy! I didn't know feeding pollen was even a thing until I saw Kamon and Laurel doing it. After making some available my cells started looking milky. Coincidence? doubt it. Stop it? not a chance.I had gotten criticism from some folks on the boards for continuing to feed patties when pollen was coming in but they said if the bees are still consuming it there was a reason why. Obviously we're switching over to winter feed but thought I would convey that message. Refreshed the sugar slurry and spritzed water on the sponge and they are all looking great.