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Feeding Your Bees - 20 October 2010
  At certain times of the year you may have to feed your bees, either when they have run out of honey and there is no nectar to collect, or to supplement their stores in autumn after you have robbed their honey.

I use a syrup form but it can be bought in ready made packs or even fondant icing can be used. The syrup is half water to half white sugar. The syrup is placed in a feeder, I use a plasitc conatiner with some cloth coming out of it which acts as a wick in drawing the syrup up from the conatiner. This stops the bees falling in and dying. Professional feeders can also be purchased.

Winter Feed

You can make your own feed is solid form by using 500ml of water and 2.5kg of sugar, first bring the water to boil, and slowly add the sugar a little at a time. When the whole mixture is boiling remove from the heat but continue stirring until the mix begins to thicken. Then pour in to your moulds and allow to cool. Thes are then ready for use during the winter months. Solid food is much better in the winter months as the bees will prefer to store this rather consume direct. If your bees need feeding in the early spring when there is not much flora around a syrup mixture is probably best. If you have any left over solids just dissolve this in water to make a syrup.


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