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Offline Inquorate

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Feeding new package, questions
« on: September 30, 2013, 03:52:19 AM »
Is it best to feed a new package with store-bought honey in a vacuum feeder or 1:1 sugar:water?
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Re: Feeding new package, questions
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2013, 06:14:01 AM »
Does feeding bees processed honey give them dysentry? Surely even processed honey would be better than sugar though, so if there are no great ill effects it has to be beneficial?
Here in Australia, we don't have much corn syrup (bees store it but will starve) added to our honey, so I'm not too worried about that.
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Re: Feeding new package, questions
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2013, 07:21:09 AM »
Is there any benefit to providing pollen substitutes like soy flour?

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Re: Feeding new package, questions
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2013, 10:46:19 AM »
Feeding honey back to bees is illegal in Australia unless it has been irradiated, you risk passing foul brood and other diseases on to your bees.
Stick to sugar syrup.

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Re: Feeding new package, questions
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2013, 12:41:41 PM »
Never feed your bees honey that your bees did not produce. Store bought honey is normally honey that has been mixed from honey removed from hundreds of hives, many of which are constantly being treated for AFB. The chances of it getting AFB in your hive goes up exponentially from store bought honey. All it takes is one of those hives to infect your hives. Treatment does not remove AFB, it just keeps it under control.
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Re: Feeding new package, questions
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2013, 07:17:17 PM »
Thanks guys :-)
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Re: Feeding new package, questions
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2013, 06:57:20 AM »
Never feed bees honey.  You are doomed to fail.  It spreads AFB.  Never.  Never.  Never.
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Re: Feeding new package, questions
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2013, 07:21:56 AM »
You shouldn't need to feed bees this time of year, but if you are feeding them, only return clean product to them, make you own syrup & pollen subs. Don't feed any bee product back to them, it is to risky to catch disease,

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Re: Feeding new package, questions
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2013, 07:29:37 PM »
All good now, they've got their own honey flow going so I've taken the sugar-water away. Tnx for the advice peeps :-)
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