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Please Don’t Disturb The Honeybees

This is the hardest time of year to be a honeybee. It’s too cold to leave the hive, and even if you could, there’s no food out there to eat.

Rogue Farms Honeybees

Which makes honeybees a lot like other kinds of livestock. Some times of year they can forage for themselves. Sometimes the farmer has to bring in hay or grain to keep them fed. In the case of our honeybees, we feed them sugar syrup and pollen cakes.

In some ways, keeping our honeybees well fed in winter is pretty easy. The bees have one thing on their mind, forming a big cluster in the hive to stay warm. They don’t burn up a lot of energy doing this and don’t need much food from us.

But to feed the bees we’ve got to open up the hives, which exposes them to potentially deadly cold temperatures. So when we change their food and water we’ve got to move fast. Open the hive, swap out the water, syrup and pollen cakes, and close the hive ASAP. Even a brief exposure to winter temps can be hard on them.

Rogue Beekeeper Josh Cronin uses a smoker to calm the bees when he opens the hives.

Rogue Beekeeper Josh Cronin uses a smoker to calm the bees when he opens the hives.

Naturally we’ve got this down to a science and we’ve even got special tools that make the job go faster. We love our bees and  take good care of them. After all, it’s their honey that we use to brew our Rogue Farms 19 Original Colonies Mead.

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