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Author Topic: New Hive - when to stop feeding 1:1  (Read 747 times)
New Bee
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« on: October 31, 2013, 08:47:58 PM »


I've installed a new bee package 6 days ago.
The girls have been drinking 1:1 Sugar syrup like there is no tomorrow.
I opened it today and most of the frames are drawn already , I see some
newly laid eggs and most frames filled with ( I'm pretty sure ) the 1:1 syrup...

Is it time :
1)to put the second box on and keep feeding 1:1 to help them  draw
   the second box

2) put s second box on and stop feeding as they have so much 1:1 stored already anyway

3) Stop feeding and not add a second box so they can get properly established

4) another option

ps - I'm new to this bee keeping adventure.

Any advice welcome.

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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2013, 09:22:02 PM »

I'm a first year Beek, so my opinion is probably worth what you're paying for it.  grin

That being said, I think adding the second box is a no brainer at this time for you.  Deciding whether to continue to feed is a little trickier.  Aren't you well into spring? Do you have a flow going on?  If so, I'd stop feeding.  If not, I'd continue, but keep an eye on it moving forward.  If they continue to keep storing so much 1:1 they may not allow sufficient room for your queen to lay.

Good Luck!

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2013, 09:30:36 PM »

Add the second box and keep feeding. They will slow down on taking the feed when the nectar is coming in. Then, when they don't take a liter in 3 to 4 days, quit feeding. Also, when the brood chamber is drawn and the honey super is added, quit feeding. You don't want sugar water in your honey super.

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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2013, 09:56:42 PM »

Thanks for the advice - very much appreciated !!!

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