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Author Topic: When to replace 1.1 feed if not being consumed fast enough.  (Read 236 times)
Arkwood
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« on: May 29, 2013, 01:02:25 PM »

There is still a flow and my package bees seem to be all over it instead of the 1.1 feed. It's been 8 days out in the sun (Front feeder/jar) One hive has only taken a quarter and the other hive is just under but not half way yet but close. Just curious when I should replace before it goes bad

Temps are mid 80's avg.
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013, 01:39:54 PM »

From what I've been told, they shouldn't need it at all and you run the risk of robbing.
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013, 03:11:44 PM »

If they aren't taking it, I would remove it.  If it's spoiled, throw it out.  If it's not spoiled, freeze it...
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2013, 03:52:35 PM »

I normally do not worry about the temps just the bees consumption. I stop feeding as soon as there is a nectar flow and the bees start storing honey in supers (for my honey). This helps to keep the honey at or below 18.2%

Question (as I do not use external feeders), in the temps that Arkwood is at, will the 1:1 expand and 'leak' out?  -Mike
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 05:40:41 PM »

Opps.

I forgot to say my hives are new packages, 8 days... That's why I am feeding.

In a few weeks the flow should slow down. But is there an expiration date of sorts or do I have to go take a sip?  tongue
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