Hello – There is a known divide in the beekeeping community of whether to feed, or not to feed. Most of us here at Bee Thinking take a natural (and we think conventional) approach that bees have been around for millions of years, without humans feeding them sugar water. Sugar water, too, inherently lacks nutrients and proteins commonly found in flower nectar and pollens. We understand there is a time and place for feeding; drought, wildfires, heavy rain seasons, that prevent bees from foraging for local food sources and that you might need to subsequently feed your bees until better situations arise.
Everyone is in agreement that you do not take honey your first year, you must get your bees to overwinter one season to ensure they can survive your local climate. In short, feeding bees is a relatively new behavior with beekeepers, and the decision can only be made by you the beekeeper if you want to feed or not. I hope the above information greatly assists!