A member question from Roxie Pin...
It has been so dry and I have watched the clover that my bees have enjoyed visiting turn to brittle, dry, brown crunchies. I have no idea how to tell if there is a dirth that they talked about in class, but I can tell you that I watched the bees for several minutes coming and going and between two hives, I only saw one bee come in with pollen. So, I'm wondering if I should start with the pollen supplements. Both hives are getting established and I have had queen issues, so I don't want to hinder their progress any more.
Should I be feeding pollen patties now? How do you know when they need pollen? for that matter, how do you know when they need sugar water if you are not automatically feeding it to them because it is your first year?
Let's help Roxie with some suggestions in the comments section below.