SHello knowledgeable beekeepers!
My query is about feeding and how long do i feed them for?
My hive is one deep 8 frame brood box only, they have been building since thier split was made in June.
There are 8 frames in total and on last full inspection they were up to 6 frames with bees on. (4 weeks ago).
I gave them sugar fondant in early August to help them get going, but they didn’t really take much until more recently when they gobbled it up very quickly.
There was a bit of time between when they had emptied the fondant and when I had time to get back and give them more sugar. Maybe just over a week, as I’m not sure exactly when they finished the first pack. Now they have both dry sugar on the top inner cover and some candy I made in attempt to recreate fondant with no candy thermometer.
Next week when the weather warms a little (apparently it will go back up to 16-17deg celcius, we have had a two week cold snap 10-13 deg) I will be able to check them properly.
I am adding a shim to be able to dry feed them and will also add a quilt box for ventilation at the same time. After solstice in December I want to add a hard candy board with protein to get them started for spring - BUT do I stop feeding them in the meantime at any stage or just keep feeding them the dry sugar?
They only have thier 8 frames in their box, so minimal honey storage - I’m thinking I might need to keep feeding them, but I also don’t want to over feed them!
Thanks in advance for your tips ️