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Offline SlickMick

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Sugar syrup in the comb
« on: June 11, 2009, 05:44:29 AM »
I recently shook one of my hives down, removing all brood and stores and putting the bees onto new foundation and feeding them with sugar syrup to keep them going until they were recovering from the shake down.

They now have the syrup stored in all the comb that they have drawn and the queen is laying and there is now some capped brood. I stopped feeding them 2 days ago but there is still a heap of syrup in the comb that they are yet to consume. There are field bees coming and going the whole time.

How I can encourage them to consume the syrup while they are bringing in nectar?

Will they choose the nectar over the syrup?

Mick
On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
   And men of religion are scanty,
On a road never cross'd 'cept by folk that are lost,
   One Michael Magee had a shanty.

Now this Mike was the dad of a ten-year-old lad,
   Plump, healthy, and stoutly conditioned;
He was strong as the best, but poor Mike had no rest
   For the youngster had never been christened,
A BUSH CHRISTENING - A.B. "Banjo" Paterson http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/patersonab/poetry/christen.html

Offline riverrat

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Re: Sugar syrup in the comb
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2009, 09:16:55 AM »
I wouldnt worry about it they will consume it when they need it
never take the top off a hive on a day that you wouldn't want the roof taken off your house