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I have 5 hives, 2 are strong in numbers but none of the hives have any honey. The supers have comb but its all empty. Whatever honey they did store has been eaten. It's mid-august, should I remove the supers and start feeding so they have some stores for the fall? Perplexed in Boynton

Mark, yes, remove empty supers.  They are just a place for small hive beetles to hide out.

If there is no nectar or honey in the hive then yes, feed.

The Brazilian pepper will be in bloom in 4-6 weeks.

Thanks Lee. What type of feeders would you suggest? Frame?

Mark, I like jar through the lid or  inside the hive.  

I don't use entrance feeders, because of the propensity to cause robbing.

Lee,

Have you seen the open feeders made with a 5 gal. bucket?

Thanks, Mark

Lee Wisnioski said:

Mark, I like jar through the lid or  inside the hive.  

I don't use entrance feeders, because of the propensity to cause robbing.

What about a baggie feeder? I'm trying to avoid having to buy a bunch of new feeders.

Mark Muir said:

Lee,

Have you seen the open feeders made with a 5 gal. bucket?

Thanks, Mark

Lee Wisnioski said:

Mark, I like jar through the lid or  inside the hive.  

I don't use entrance feeders, because of the propensity to cause robbing.

Open feeders are great but realize you are feeding the entire neighborhood.  Not just your bees.  Also, make sure the community feeder is not to close to your apiary or you could encourage robbing.

The bag inside the hive works just fine.

Bee Well, Lee

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