Winter preparation for some off my Bees.
My bees at around 1600m near Tortoles have had a tough summer. Although there is abundant bloom in spring, the southern part of the valley is very dry and there seems little forage for July and August. One of my best looking hives in spring, which I expected to reach 3 Warre boxes had almost no honey reserves a few weeks back. Many of my hives in this location have had to eat through their spring crop for survival.
Although I am very much against feeding sugar solution to bees (mainly in the case of taking too much of their honey), in this case I see it as more of a survival thing. If I don`t feed, they will probably perish over the winter.
A morning of strong winds (unsuitable for paragliding work) gave me the opportunity to rig up some boards to adapt a standard feeding dish. Four of my hives recieved this, and a fith a bowl beneath with cut twigs to stop the bees drowning. All were given a 50 percent sugar solution with a good dose of honey for flavour.