Yes I am back from NZ had a fantastic time and refreshed ready to tackle anything.
First day back job was to remove the Flow super and inspect the hive going into winter. I extracted the honey that was left in the flow frames with the idea of feeding it back over Winter as we had plenty to see us through to next year.
Well that was ok , so I thought so I did a bit of research into the best way to feed it back. The first article I read turned me on my head(and thats not a pretty sight) https://beeinformed.org/2014/06/27/feeding-honeybees-honey-may-increase-mortality/ Please read it in full.
I have copied the first paragraph .
Bottom Line at the Top
After reviewing the details of the BIP survey results for two years where feeding honeybees carbohydrates is concerned, some very surprising suggestions come to light. These results are statistically significant and come from sample sizes including thousands of beekeepers from all over the USA and tens of thousands of colonies. First, it doesn’t matter what carbohydrates you choose to feed your honeybees, you are either not improving their chances of survival or you are damaging their chances of survival. Those who do not feed are achieving as good or better survival rates.
There is one important exception. In every case, feeding honeybees frames of honey increases their chance of death. Talk about the unexpected! Let me repeat: if you feed your honeybees that which they would feed themselves, frames of honey, then you are increasing their chance of death. We don’t know the cause. But we have strong survey data speaking and we should listen.
So the honey will have to be consumed by humans (I am happy about that) and I will be feeding my bees the method recommended in the article “White sugar biscuit”.
An another article www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/.../Feeding-sugar-to-honey-bees.pdf is also a good article.
There are many many references out there on feeding bees but I am confident the first reference above is the best. But that’s just me.
PS will take me months to go through the posts since I went away.