Beekeepers Friend

Peaches’ Beekeeping Blog

July 23, 2010

Observation

A young beekeeper called me today and told me he had been out of the country for a while and when he got back, he found all his bees dead. Head in and tails out. They had starved. Why? was his question. The answer is simple: bees need protein and carbohydrates. Pollen is the protein and honey is the carbohydrates. Now, if either one is missing, then the bees will starve to death.

To correct this, you need to feed a pollen substitute. It can be purchased from any of the bee suppliers such as Dadant & Sons, Brushy Mountain,  and Fred Rossman Bee Supplies.

You really need to check your bees around this time as the summertime begins a dearth in some parts of the south, especially the southern LA, MS, AL, GA, and Northern part of FL.

Check with your Apiary inspector and County Extension agent. They will be able to tell you or show you how to Google the information about what plants are in bloom now and will be in the Fall.

I just realized that I had not posted since the 4th of July. I am sorry for this delay. I am trying to turn over a new leaf and post at least once a week. So far, I have not lived up to that new leaf.

Have a good day and maybe—just maybe, you will see another post soon.

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