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Question: How do you feed during winter months?
Pail feeder - 2 (10.5%)
Top hive feeder - 4 (21.1%)
Entrance feeder - 0 (0%)
Frame feeder - 2 (10.5%)
Dry sugar - 11 (57.9%)
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Author Topic: Winter feeding without honey stores  (Read 3319 times)
Super Bee
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« Reply #40 on: October 19, 2011, 08:33:04 AM »

Never mind. Every beekeeper has feeded sugar to their bees and they know how it  goes.
Finski, I can only tell you what I have experienced.  I've been open feeding (at 100 yds) my bees periodically since late September with no robbing.  As the nighttime temperatures got too low for open feeding, I switched to top feeding the stronger hives.  After two days of top feeding, I had robbing on all hives.  If you have some other explanation, I'd like hear it.  All I can do is tell you what happened. Sad

I have no trouble with top feeding in the spring when there is a stronger flow on.  Right now we have only a weak flow. Maybe that makes a difference.  Or maybe the bees are more aggressive about robbing as they sense winter approaching. 

"You never can tell with bees."  --  Winnie-the-Pooh
Galactic Bee
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« Reply #41 on: October 19, 2011, 08:53:32 AM »

I finally say WOW!

I carry 1000 litre syrup to the distance of 100 yards and open the hive gates GO!

The most stupid I ever read. For what?

My neighbour has 20 hives at the distance of  800 yards. He surely like to share my 1000 litre syrup.
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