So it’s generally agreed upon by everyone in the local club I am part of that you feed pollen supplements, and sugar syrup and or fondant during the winter. The short answer to why is that most of them are commercial beekeepers who work the almonds in California during early spring and need very strong hives very early in the season. And we have very few days in the winter where the bees are unable to fly due to the temperature, but there is very little blooming.
So my question is what is my best tactic to not having to feed sugar syrup? Should I put a medium or shallow super under the flow frame for them to feed off during the winter?
Should I consider a pollen trap to keep some pollen back for them to use in the winter months? It’s been recommended not to buy bulk pollen for the bees because it can easily transmit diseases to the hive.
What would you recommend for an area where it sounds like I will not be dealing with a traditional cold weather winter cluster?