Store Honey for Bees in Winter?
First year beekeeper in MA here (zone 6b), and currently my hive is closed up for winter. They seem to be doing ok, but I was wondering about supplemental feeding in Feb to make sure they survive until spring starts.
I have half a large bottle of Kirkland Raw Honey from Costco that has crystallized, and I'm wondering is that ok to give to them as a food supplement? Reading online it doesn't sound like I should do that, but if sugar cakes are made with store bought sugar, aren't I just trading one processed sucrose for another?
Regardless, open to any advice on when and how to feed them a bit more. They swarmed in Aug and did a good job recovering, but I'd say there were probably closer to 40lbs of honey going into winter, so I am almost certain they will need some supplemental nutrition to make it through.