No free lunch for bees
As we near the end of our first decade homesteading, I'm slowly but surely realizing that there is no free lunch on a farm. Seed balls look pretty but produce few surviving plants,
the dream of an entirely self-sufficient chicken is (for most of us)
only a dream, and you have to feed bees if you want them to feed you.
beekeeping suggests that you should only feed your hive in the fall if
they otherwise wouldn't have enough stores to make it through the
winter. Using that methodology, I've finally learned to keep healthy bees...but not to harvest honey.
To that end, we're taking advantage of some warm days to feed the bees. This hybrid hive
ate a pint in an afternoon, proving that their populations are high and
that I need to add another box if I don't want early bulking up to turn
into a swarm
like last year's. The Warre hive, in contrast, only sipped daintily at
their feeder, suggesting their numbers are low enough that they might
not even have survived without the bonus feeding.
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