Happy Bees in Happy Valley
Now that the poor weather has passed, the bees at New Seasons Market – Happy Valley are busy pollinating and gathering nectar, and that’s helping their colony grow.
The queens continue to lay eggs, up to 1,000 per day! The colonies are slowly filling up the top deep boxes. Once they have covered 90% of the frames we will add supers (where the honey is stored).
The result — the colony needs lots of food to eat.
During the recent rain, the bees could not easily forage for nectar, so we needed to feed them. Together, James Fitzpatrick, a New Seasons Market – Happy Valley staff member, and I stepped in and began feeding both colonies a 1:1 ratio of simple syrup. This is typical supplementary feed for bees. If we did not feed them, there was a risk that the colonies could starve and die.
We will keep feeding to a minimum — offering nutrition only if the bees absolutely need it. After a season the colonies will be more established, requiring less intervention.
So far, the project is a success. We’re also looking to place two hives on the rooftop of our Fisher’s Landing store in Vancouver, WA. Look for another update here soon and thank you for continuing to “Bee Part of the Solution!”
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