Temps are dropping. Should I change the diet for my bees?


Congratulations on getting your first bees!

Once daytime temperatures drop below 57° F, stop feeding liquid syrup and switch to a solid sugar board.

Liquid syrup puts too much moisture in the colony, and the bees are unable to evaporate the excess moisture to ensure long-term storage of the syrup.

The final chapter of the Honey Bee Health Coalition publication, Best Management Practices for Hive Health: A guide for beekeepers, covers honey bee nutrition. They suggest stopping liquid feed when it reaches 50° F during the day.

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