Harvest and top up time for the bees

Sep 24 , 2019

Robert Turberville

Harvest and top up time for the bees

It's that time of year when the daylight hours start to slowly shrink and tinges of Autumn appear in the leaves. It's also harvest time for those hives that have filled their supers (supers=smaller boxes which go on top of the main hive) with delicious honey. Most bee colonies have stored honey for their own use inside the main hive but I always make sure when taking off honey to feed those hives that need it.

 

A few hives, like the one I'm feeding in the picture above, have very little stores after taking off their honey so need a good amount of syrup. The white plastic box in the picture is called a rapid feeder because the bees have ample access to the syrup surface and can very quickly take the syrup down (often in 48 hrs if it's a strong colony) - that's quite impressive since the feeder holds 7kg of syrup and each bee's honey sac holds 40mg