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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.
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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.

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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?
 

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My front yard gets watered

Plant Flower Property Window Land lot
My back yard doesn't
Plant Grass Land lot Road surface Groundcover
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Have a great week-end
 

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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!
 

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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
 

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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:
 

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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.
Plant Flower Leaf Leaf vegetable Terrestrial plant Glasses Plant Hand World Tree
 

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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....
 

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