In early spring bees are interested in the growth of the hive and building wax. They are looking for nectar to build wax and pollen to raise brood.
This is when they need space, because if they don’t find space for wax building they will think they are space restricted and prepare to swarm. So in early spring give them some empty frames. Swap out those old dirty frames and feed with the Spring Stimulant
Spring Stimulant - nectar substitute
1 drop of tea tree
4 drops of lemon grass
1/4 cup of water
Mix all the ingredients in a blender on low for 4 - 5 minutes and add this mixture to 1 gallon of 1 to 1 ratio of sugar water
NOTE: Sugar water is a 1 to 1 ratio in the spring and 2 parts sugar to 1 part water in the fall.
Brood Builder - pollen substitute
1 cup soy flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 - 3 tablets of crushed up vitamin C
1/4 cup brewers yeast
3 drops lemon grass oil
1/4 cup honey (only use your own honey)
Mix into a small ball, flatten, put on wax paper and place out in the bee yard protected from the weather. Good use of an old bird feeder.
Tips provided by John Seaborn of Wolf Creek Apiaries. Centerville, TN 37033
Phone - 931.729.9229