@Michael_Bush’s rationale that feeding bees can lead to backfilling of brood and swarming does make sense.
Is there a time to feed other than winter prep?
Last week I placed an empty 8-frame deep body on a box into which I had put an 8-frame nuc that I had purchased. Do I feed this hive? 8 frames need to be drawn out then filled. I’m in Eastern CT in the US and while I don’t think there’s currently a dearth, this is my first season and I question my own judgment on this flow/no-flow point. I live in a suburban yet wooded area, with no meadows or cultivated fields nearby.
Feed? If so, with what? Syrup? Complement with pollen patties?
Don’t feed? What are the risks of not feeding? Lower population for first winter?
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