We have four bee hives this year and it’s time to prepare them for winter! Winter preparation involves removing extra space from the hives and ensuring they are adequately ventilated and insulated. Many beekeepers also feed their bees throughout the winter and we think that’s the key to ensuring a strong, productive hive during the next season. Without proper winter preparation, weaker hives will be susceptible to starvation. During my hive inspection recently I needed to free up space in each hive to install a frame feeder, which will hold sugar syrup for the bees to eat throughout the cold months in case the honey stores are not enough for them. In addition to feeding sugar syrup, bees require a protein source: pollen patty, which is harvested from healthy hives and used to provide balanced nutrition when given as a supplement for small or weak hives during times when sources of natural pollen are not available. Freeing up space in each hive for the frame feeder required removing two frames from each hive… Here are the photos!