991. Bee feeding time

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Bee feeding timeDuring the winter I feed the colonies a syrup mixture made up of 2 parts cane sugar to 1 part of water. You make a syrup out of it by bringing the water to a slow boil and slowly adding the suger allowing it time to dissolve. The syrup is then poured into 1 qt. canning jars which have holes drilled in the lid. By turning the jar upside down on the hole of the inner cover the bees can access the syrup through the holes and the vacum holds the syrup and only allows it to flow as the bees take it. feeding seems especially important this year since my colonies seem a little light. We had a very dry second half of the summer which I think reduced the nectar flow.

Posted on January 24th 2012 in Honeybees

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