Started keeping bees

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    Feeding my bees sugarwater to prepare for the winter. They'll store it like honey and need 12 - 15 kg to get a small part of the population + the queen through the winter.

    The bees that will accompany her will hamg in a kind of clump and keep the queen and the other bee warm.

    It is really awesome how this works.

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    That's very interesting... didnt know you had to do that but i guess it makes sense
     
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    In normal conditions they should collect enough nectar and store that as honey during the summer as winterfood.

    This is a "new" population that started too late to collect enough.

    Also if the beekeeper takes honey from the hive (I won't) he has to feed sugar to restore enough food for the winter.

    The way I feed it. The other is an bug/insecthotel in progress at my son's work



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    It makes sense, I guess its things you dont realize unless you involved in keeping them

    So, if you were doing this for the honey, would you have to supplement feed all the colonies substantially before winter?
     
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    Yes. That would mean you would take their winterfood (that's what honey is)

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    Interesting... as they say, you learn something new every day

    How many hives/populations have you got now?
     
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    In de last vid I was discovered though my disguise as beekeeper hahaha

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    DD, easily the most exciting poster on here. Love your threads!
     
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    Removed the sugarsirop and will leave them alone to get through the winter now.









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    I was recently watching a program on solitary bees.
    Didn't realise there were so many species in the UK.
    The presenter went to visit a person who has loads of "hotels" for them in the garden. These are boxes with hollow tubes in them and then bees lay their eggs in the tubes.
     
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    Yes. And this a friend's[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Mine are so easy to.make and so rewarding.



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    Seen in insectgarden Ilpendam Holland[​IMG]

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    Wow @DoubleDutch

    The population looks like its increasing by the day
     
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    They've to get through winter now.
    The queen stopped laying eggs and only a small amount of bees will be with her (to keep her warm and feed her) during the coming months.

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    So do some of the bees leave in winter and move somewhere else?
     
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    They "simply" die.

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