Feeding

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by crazy8days, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. crazy8days

    crazy8days New Member

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    Ok, i'm still feeding my bees. We are in a severe drought. Everything is a crispy brown except the people in my area that water their lawns and plants. Should I still keep feeding or it time for them to find their own food.
     
  2. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    if its crispy brown and in a drought they wont have anything to find on there own. If the hives are good and heavy you could knock off the feeding for awhile but I would watch them close.
     

  3. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    what is the weight and strength of your hives crazy8days?
    riverrat's advice is good advice,
    "if its crispy brown and in a drought they wont have anything to find on there own. If the hives are good and heavy you could knock off the feeding for awhile but I would watch them close."

    are they are light and weaker?
     
  4. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    I have the same conditions as Crazy. I am about an 90 minutes to the south. We are on track to lose 30% of field crops here in most parts of Indiana. Last time it was like this was 1988.

    Crazy, I had resolved to leave my hives alone for a while but decided to crack them open to see how their honey stores were in the deeps. I have four hives with two of them having supers on them. I have not fed them syrup for weeks now. I found ample amounts of capped honey and the frames were heavy. And, bees are darting out of the entrance all day long so I suppose they still have a source somewhere. I am going to hold off on feeding until I see them slowing down from the entrance or I see honey stores dropping.

    Dave
     
  5. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Does your yard look like this Crazy? This is a shot of my front lawn...

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  6. ibeelearning

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    Does the calculus change for those of us who are crush and strainers or relatively new and need more drawn comb going into fall?
     
  7. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    My front yard gets watered

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    My back yard doesn't
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    :roll:
    Have a great week-end
     
  8. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Nice looking front yard! Is that a grape tomato ripening there over the walk? Your back yard looks like my all of my acreage...weeds are the only surivivor.....why is that!
     
  9. rw02kr43

    rw02kr43 New Member

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    I have the same problem in Paragon. I have been feeding since we got them. I see them darting in and out all day long and deep into the evening. I see a lot of pollen going in. But also a lot of bees that don't have anything. We have a lot of weeds growing very well too. The yard shouldn't crunch when you step on it.

    Jason
     
  10. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    dave said:
    "Does your yard look like this Crazy? This is a shot of my front lawn..."

    dave that's crazy and WHAT LAWN:lol:

    ef, very nice front yard! but dave still gets the prize for no lawn:grin:
     
  11. crazy8days

    crazy8days New Member

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    My yard is green. But high water bill. 2 hives have second brood box. Feel heavy. One hive still on their first brood box. They are all out and about during the day. Here's a pic of my son harvesting a red cabbage last night.
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  12. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Nice looking produce!
     
  13. PerryBee

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    Dave and Efmesch., you fellas gotta come up here to Tundraland. garden 012.jpg
    Pic taken 2 days ago.
    I'll even let you mow the lawn! :lol:
     
  14. blueblood

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    Wow...look at the clover and green grass! My clover looks like popcorn left in the microwave two minutes too long....
     
  15. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    That was the temp in my squad an hour ago...hotter temps foretasted tomorrow!
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  16. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    You're speeding. QUIT THAT!!!
     
  17. blueblood

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    Just 1 mile over....I thought I would get beat up for taking a picture while driving....:wink:
     
  18. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    You don't think I would post anything seriously, do you?? :grin:
     
  19. PerryBee

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    Good to know, I think I'll just file that little gem! :wink:
     
  20. jim314

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    Yep, that's the major sin, akin to texting while driving. 1 mile/hour over is no big deal, just remember that if I'm ever in IN and you catch me on radar :)