Gave an Apifonda (2,5kg) packet to all hives except #9 where still 2/3 left and #3 where still 1/2 left and #6 (in Espoo). Now also gave one pack to hive #2. Need to wait for warm weather before I open the Espoo hive and add the Apifonda pack - Some bees tend to come out when you open the top and I don't want them to get out in cold weather.
Apifonda is a sugar-based food that is given to bees during the winter, if their own stocks of honey run low. A colony of bees can die within a matter of days if they run out of food. The early spring is a risky time of year as natural food supplies might be low but the bees are active and using up energy.