For my bee-keeping friends (all two of them, I think) ~ Linne
Early spring marks an unsettling time for beekeepers. The weather can fluctuate between winter conditions to a gorgeous short-sleeve type of day. We worry. Have the bees survived the last round of cold weather? Is the hive strong? Are enough plants blooming to provide food for the brood and the rest of the colony?
Now while we can’t control the weather or how strong the hive is at the beginning of spring, we can give our hives a helping hand. Namely, we can provide pollen so the colony has a protein source.
According to The Beekeeper’s Handbook 4th Edition by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile, “Beekeepers feed bees pollen, pollen supplements and pollen substitutes to initiate, sustain, and increase brood rearing.” And as experienced beekeeper’s know, the queen begins laying eggs in late winter, which can be late January through February. At this time of year…
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