Overwintering with honey as food supply?

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  1. Dutchie

    Dutchie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I am a first year beekeeper and so far my bees are doing very well. I have an ton of honey and would like to harvest some to last me over the winter (I use it as a coffee sweetener) but would like to leave most of it as my bees food supply. I am in NE Oklahoma and out winters are short and not that severe (compared to northern part of the country)

    Any thoughts on why I should or should not?
     
  2. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    How many hives to have a ton of honey? Not enough real information to answer the question.

    :D. Al
     

  3. Dutchie

    Dutchie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    2 hives, 1 full
     
  4. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Still not enough information. How many brood boxes and how manyt honey supers full?

    2 hives? is that 2 colonies or 2 deep hive boxes?

    :D. Al
     
  5. Dutchie

    Dutchie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The number of hives and bees is really not relevant.

    My question is whether or not it is a good idea to leave the honey for their food instead of feeding them sugar water.
     
  6. siberian

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    You have a very knowledgeable beekeeper trying to help you out, and to get an appropriate answer he needs the questions answered, they are relevant.
     
  7. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    In the caser of sugar syrup or Honey then the answer is simple>>>>>> HONEY EVERY TIME.

    If the question would have been that in the first place you wouldf have had the answer a long time ago.


    :D Al