When you realize you have a hive that is low on stores and temperatures are regularly below 50 fahrenheit(10 celsius) dry sugar is one of the easiest ways to feed your bees. Once sugar syrup gets cold the bees won’t take it. They also have to evaporate the excess moisture and it adds to condensation in the hive. Here is a quick video on how to feed dry sugar.
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The pesticide group neonicotinoinds have long been thought to be damaging bee populations. The science published by the manufacturers and government agencies say that they don’t. The European Union has limited the use of these pesticides. Many in the beekeeping believe large scale use of pesticides are a reason for declining bee populations. Most of the research into pesticides and the effect on bees have been led by or paid for by manufacturers. Some of this research is beginning to unravel. Take a few moments and read the article below.