The bees will be using their stores quite quickly so we need to check that they have enough food to get them through these last months of winter. I will be hefting my hives every week to ensure that the colonies still have enough to keep them going. If a hive feels light I will be feeding a block of fondant straight onto the top bars exactly over the cluster. I just slit the packet and leave the bees to it. It is far too cold for the bees to come up to a feeder and take liquid food so we must feed the cluster directly.

There shouldn’t really be a problem because the queen will probably have reduced her laying significantly and there will be little if any brood. Some eminent beekeepers think that the queen lays right through the winter, but I am not so sure. We can safely assume that the workers do not need to produce very much brood food.

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