At MEVO we raise honey bees: currently 17 bee hives, with each full size each hive has anywhere from 50 to 60 thousand bees in it.
That is a whole lot of little tongue like mouths to feed! So how do we get our hives ready for winter? We feed them sugar water in their first year of hive growth to prepare them for the cold frost. Five pounds of sugar and one gallon of water.