We have a chap in the area who does just that. He empties the hives to supply his customers who get ever larger in number then spends more time trying to keep the hives alive by feeding them! Last year he starved several hives to death with this way of doing things and all due to him getting three more customers that wanted honey right then for their shops. One of them even came to me and asked for honey and got shitty when I said no to him.it might be OK for those that steal the last skeret of the the bees hard earned crop, for extra income.
The same message is on Beebase, dated June 2012. https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/public/News/news.cfm#127When was that issued as I am trying to persuade people not to feed willy nilly at the moment.
I suspect quite a few weeks ago?
I don't think he was speaking for every area of the country, but feared the consequences in his own where beekeepers are perhaps overreacting.I have never heard anything so stupid as that comment!!
Trying to make yourself sound like some sort of expert in bees in every single area of the UK. Your bees might be ok but in some areas the bees are starving!!
I speak to beekeepers from all over most days i can tell you stright a lot of peoples bees are in big trouble others its too late. So unless you know or have some sort of magical powers how every beehive is for stores in every part of the country i would keep it buttoned as you may find your self responsible for there loss as a lot of begginers may take your ill thought advice as gospel
So, we are saying that a full hive will be able to restock itself for a week in a day or two's good weather (in a flow).A powerful colony on a single National brood can store and seal a super in three to four days with a good flow. 40 odd lbs in that time.
From that you can extrapolate a brood frame.. say 12 hours...3-4 lbs..
A nuc can put a brood frame into stores in roughly two days.
On saying that there are nucs and nucs. The above refers to a five frame nuc getting close to needing hiving.
A dying nuc on one frame or two of bees.. will manage a patch or two of stores but nothing to shout about.
Reading this spurred us to go and check two of our mini-nucs today instead of tomorrow.Mini nucs are particularly at risk, they can go from well fed and waiting for a virgin to get going, to overpopulated and starving in the blink of an eye, and its always the successful ones that reach crisis point quickest.
The smaller mini nucs certainly soon get through the food quite fast,topped up a few today,i much prefer the larger feed compartment in the wooden ones, which hold over 2kg of fondant or 2 litres of syrup,plus a stock of full food frames/combs,but looks like they are unlikely to be needed.Reading this spurred us to go and check two of our mini-nucs today instead of tomorrow.
Fondant is much better,as it does not all run out when filling most designs from the bottom with bees. And the poly mini nucs are simply modern copies of the wooden ones,Abelo still sell the wooden version,they are quite far north.Minis usually have damp sugar for feed, and Hivemaker we are discussing mini nucs which to my mind are normally poly not wood.