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Two years ago I lost both of my bee hives to what appeared to be colony collapse disorder. Last year I did not get my act together early enough to be able to restart my hives. This year I made it a priority and ordered two nucleus hives from Jim Fraser over at Highland Honey and Apiaries in Gaithersburg, MD. I picked up both hives last Tuesday and got them installed in my backyard. I fed them on Wednesday using pail feeders rather than the hive-top feeders I had used in the past. It took a while for me to feel comfortable with the pail feeders but I finally got them installed.

What surprised me was when I went to feed the bees this afternoon I discovered that they had not finished all of the sugar/water mixture that I had put into the pail feeders. I wasn’t sure what to do to be honest…should I fill them up more or should I let the bees drain them completely before refilling? In the end I decided to allow the bees to keep working on the feed that I provided on Wednesday and to check again on Sunday. I suspect that the nectar flow in the area is still going and so the bees are preferring that to the sugar/water mixture in the pails. Depending on how low the mixture gets by Sunday I will clean the pails and refill them (which reminds me – I need to go to Costco and get more sugar).

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