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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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Offline FRAMEshift

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Re: Winter feeding without honey stores
« Reply #40 on: October 19, 2011, 09:33:04 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. :(

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

Offline Finski

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Re: Winter feeding without honey stores
« Reply #41 on: October 19, 2011, 09:53:32 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.
« Last Edit: October 19, 2011, 10:08:08 AM by Finski »
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