I was worried about the late spring. The willow is not flowering yet and the only pollen around is crocuses.
So I have given them some Feedbee.
I've not used it before - so I'll have to wait and see. If the manufacturer's claims are correct, the bees will soon be walking on water and flying faster than a speeding bullet.
It's a very fine powder - as you might expect, if a bee has to ingest it - that you mix with 50/50 sugar syrup.
I have only two rapid feeders, so I made a batch that was runny enough to put in a feeder. The other two hives I made a slurry of it and put it onto greaseproof paper on the top bars. Sorry I have no photos.
I'll report back on how the bees are getting on with it.
Lovely warm 10-12 degrees Celsius and bees were out and about - so they need something to keep them going in the absence of any flowers.