As the days grow cooler, the flowers are slowly disappearing from the landscape along with the pollen sources.
Feeding a dry pollen at this time gives the bees a little buffer going into winter. Right now I am open feeding Mega Bee and Latshaw’s Bag o’Bee Food. As you can see in the photos, the bees are dusting themselves nicely. This is a practice I have done for about 4 years now…feeding dry pollen substitute in the fall and spring.
For chubby bees in the winter, I place about ½ patty of pollen under the inner cover at the end of September and see how long it takes them to consume all of it. If it’s gone in a week, I will give the hive the other half to fatten them up. The extra fat stored in their bodies seems to help a lot.
Winter is coming early this year…
Peggy Garnes is a 15- year beekeeper, now raising and selling queens and nucs. She is the President of the Medina County Beekeepers Association, and the Advertising Manager for Bee Culture Magazine.