- Oct 16, 2012
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- Fareham, Hampshire UK
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Perhaps the beginners who read my post will take my advice and check whether the brood boxes are stuffed with stores before they start slapping a slab of fondant on 'just in case'... but for the benefit of those who did not understand my original comments (few they may be ... indeed, they may be limited to a minority of one ...).As you know, the beginners don't just stick to the beginners' section. There are plenty of beginners reading and taking notes from this thread.
Well, my bees HAVE. It may be the opposite in 'most' places but clearly some people don't have bees in 'most' places.
Don't put a slab of fondant on top of your hives if they are full of stores - be it of their own collection or as a result of feeding. If they need it in Spring then by all means feed them fondant - you can tell whether they will need it by hefting your hives regularly or, if you feel hefting is beyond you, you can weigh your hive with a luggage scale and record the weight as they progress through winter.
Does that satisfy your inability to understand what I was saying and the implied lack of comprehension that our beginners who dip into the main forum may have ?
As for your bees contrary behaviour at the end of this extraordinary end to the season - well perhaps your particular location in Essex is devoid of the sources of forage over the last few weeks that appear to have been available mostly elsewhere. If they were my bees I would be worrying .... are they dwindling and unable to leverage sufficient foraging force to take advantage or are they diseased and incapable ? Who knows ? Or perhaps they are just lazy and they are waiting for a slab of fondant to be put their way ? They are your bees and obviously quite unique .....perhaps you have an explanation as to why they are acting in such a contrary manner ? Do tell ....