Winter and Spring are the toughest months, and the months your bees need you the most!
Help Your Bees By Giving Them What They Need.
Feeding Just Sugar Is Not Enough
Pollen provides most of the protein, amino acids, fats, vitamins and mineral requirements of a bee’s diet.
Nectar - Adult bees convert into honey and store in beeswax cells.
Water - Bees collect to help in maintaining the temperature and humidity of the hive and diluting stored honey to consume.
Nutrition, Quality of Nectar & Pollen
Pollen is the major source of protein for honeybees. It is largely used to feed developing larvae and young bees to provide structural elements of muscles, glands and other tissues. It is also used in the production of royal jelly, which is a speciality food produced by worker bees that's fed to the queen, developing queen larvae, and worker larvae. Pollen is made up of various substances, including proteins, fats, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and many others.
Each developing bee needs a constant protein supply for almost six weeks in order to develop properly.
The developing larvae receive protein in their jelly feed for 6 days. Then,12 days later when they emerge as young adults, they need to eat protein for the next 18 days to complete their growth into strong adults and commence their first role in the hive to feed new larvae.
If protein is available when needed, your bees will grow to be strong, live long and raise good brood. But if the protein is in short supply at any point during those six weeks, some brood will either fail to develop or become weak, stunted adults. If are also more likely to be overcome mite infestations.
In protein poor colonies, eggs and some small larvae are neglected, leaving only small amounts of patchy sealed brood. As soon as protein is provided, good health brood beings to develop again.
Feeding your bees generously is the most reliable way to ensure will survive and be strong come spring.
Just feeding a few patties, then stopping before natural pollen is available, can cause the brood to grow quickly, only to weaken again. The best plan is to provide more patties than the bees need immediately, ensuring that the bees never come close to running out until of feed until the flowers start blooming again.
Ensuring that the protein needs of your bees are met until pollen start in May
In spring, honey and pollen are fed to new the brood and the young bees to replenish the, overwintered adults. This brood is the future of the colony and the surviving adult bees invest everything they have into that growth of that brood.
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