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    I have a new package that I hived last thursday. Everything seems fine. The queen was released on Monday. They are building comb and are quite busy. I saw bees coming in with pollen on Wednesday. The only problem is the don't seem to be taking much syrup. i have 2 quart mason jars with lids that I poked holes in and inverted into small frames I made to hold the jars. I had to fill one on Monday as it was about 3/4 empty. They have only drank about 1/2 of one of the jars. Should i change the the syrup, could it go bad? Is there something wrong? I didn't scorch the syrup as it was never hot enough. Is it okay that they are not taking that much syrup. I lifted the our cover this morning and removed one of the jars and put the other one right over the opening in the inner cover. I don't plan on opening the hive to check anything besides syrup until Sunday. Any advise?
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    If they are drawing comb well then they have full bellies. It could be that the foragers have just found a rich supply of nectar.

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    I agree with Terri. I have seen this happen on many occaisions. When the bees find a rich nectar source they have less interest in the syrup.

    Ron
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    I agree with both of you, I have even seen the bees neglect spilled honey when a good nectar flow is on.
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    When the bees are more interested in the nectar than the syrup, I don't consider that a problem.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I have top feeders which hold a little over a gallon on my hives. When I first put my packages in they were drinking like drunken sailers. Now they seem about as interested in the syrup as I would watching paint dry on the wall. I noticed this all came about when we had a lot of blooms in my area. They seem content and doing good. I am told this is par for the course so I am not worried. Good luck

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    Ditto...ditto...ditto...ditto

    They've found something better.

    I'm seeing it here also.

    Yippeee for spring.


    Jim

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