Unlike wild bees, the colonies in our hives don’t hibernate. They gather together inside the hive, forming a cluster of bees, and concentrate their reserves and energy in order to maintain the colony’s temperature.
For many reasons (decrease in pollen availability, diseases ..) bees may not have sufficient resources stored in the hive to ensure survival throughout the winter months.
Phil Craft, our technical advisor in the U.S.A., is the former Kentucky State Apiarist, and an occasional contributor to Bee Culture magazine.
Beekeeping associations can now buy new feed solutions from Véto-pharma. A new syrup, “Api-Dry” brewer’s yeast and “Microsoja” soy protein are now on sale for the autumn feed.