Feeding Honeybee Colonies for the Coming Winter.
With winter approaching, beekeepers should be preparing their colonies for winter. Beekeepers use many different styles of feeders such as entrance feeders, in hive division feeders, and top feeders. Beekeepers feed bees in order to get them through the winter due to the lack of nectar and pollen not being available from plants during the dormant season. Most beekeepers use a carbohydrate feed of standard sugar or high fructose corn syrup. For brood production season feeding, most beekeepers use a 1:1 ratio, whereas for overwintering hives, a 2:1 ratio is commonly used for thicker sugar water feed mixture.
If you or someone you know is interested in beekeeping and would like to learn about it, please contact the Sampson County Extension Center at 910-592-7161. The Sampson Beekeepers Association meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm at the Sampson County Extension Center located on Taylors Bridge Highway, just south of Clinton.