In late summer/early Autumn the second honey harvest takes place and the hives are brought back from the moors. Most of the hives are reduced to a single brood chamber, which is easier for the bees to keep warm in the winter.
In October the bees receive an Autumn feed, and if they need it a second feed. We must be careful not to over feed the colonies so they have enough space to rear brood when they need it but we have to be sure they have enough food for a long cold winter. We must be satisfied that the bees have enough food stored by November because it is getting too cold for the cold-blooded bees to take their sugar syrup feed.
Please read on to learn a bit about Winter Work at Quince Honey Farm.