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Offline richhitch

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Feeding bee's
« on: May 18, 2013, 12:21:28 AM »
What ratio would you mix sugar water for bee's this time of year?

Offline Simon

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Re: Feeding bee's
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2013, 06:07:59 AM »
That depends on where you are and what season it happens to be there.  If you're in Australia, you might be looking at 2 parts sugar to one part water (or maybe dry sugar), but some parts of the USA might be using 1:1.  If it's cold (Autumn/winter), thicker syrup is better so that the bees don't have to try and dry it out when they store it and create moisture problems in the hive.  It would probably be good idea to add your location to your profile so that someone in your area can give you some better advice.

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Re: Feeding bee's
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 11:55:04 AM »
What ratio would you mix sugar water for bee's this time of year?

Stimulative feeding of 1:1 syrup

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Re: Feeding bee's
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2013, 12:52:38 PM »
I am located in Tennessee and am using the 1:1 ratio. Upon my full inspection of the hive they are building comb like mad  :-D, Hope this helps out.

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Re: Feeding bee's
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2013, 10:55:58 AM »
>What ratio would you mix sugar water for bee's this time of year?

I wouldn't be feeding this time of year... there is nectar available all over North America.  But IF I were feeding, it would be 5:3 no matter what time of year it was.  It keeps longer.

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