I have 2 hives. Its currently an unseasonably warm February and the girls are out foraging, bringing back pollen.
Conscious of what happened last year - a warm spell followed by a cold and wet spell, this year I have given both hives fondant, just in case they are using energy flying, but its too early for nectar.
The colony in hive 1 relishes the fondant - 1 block lasting less than 2 weeks, and there are bees in the plastic container ensuring every last molecule has been taken.
The colony in the second hive clearly have different tastes, because in the same timescale they have probably only eaten 1/3rd of a block of identical fondant, and I can’t see any bees in fondant container, so they are showing little or no interest. To be fair it does seem a smaller colony, but that doesn’t explain why there are no bees on the fondant itself. I’m curious if anyone has any possible explanations.
Depending on how the weather goes I may swap from fondant to syrup. I read that there are various additives one can add to the syrup - such as VitaFeed. I’d be interested in peoples experience of these additives, or whether they are as beneficial as snake-oil.