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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Rockville, Missouri. USA
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    Question

    I have been seeing the honey bees working on some craked corn I have thrown out to the wildlife, i was wondering what they would be getting from the corn?? any ideas???

  2. #2
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    Dec 2000
    Location
    crown point, NY, USA
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    Could it be the sugar content? See bees working on apples but not corn.


    Clay

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Rockville, Missouri. USA
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    Lightbulb

    I thought perhpas it was because the corn has a wax covering on it, but you might be correct.. its hard to say,...

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  4. #4

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    They are looking for some sort of protien source. I see you are a farmer in your profile. get some ground up fine and they will take it back to feed brood. If you have some ground soybeans they seem to like that better. I ground some corn and roasted beans at a 1 to 5 ratio and they love it. they take it back to the hive like crazy.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
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    Rockville, Missouri. USA
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    Question

    I was wondering about putting crushed corn near the hive, I thought perhpas this would cause the birds to take up a few of the bees, any problems with this??

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  6. #6

    Big Grin

    Grind it to a powder if you can. Put it in a shalow box or pan. The birds will not bother it very much. I have not seen any around mine. Good luck

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Elberta, AL
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    The corn has probably gotten wet and the corn's starch is metabolizing into sugar. That's how beer and it's distilate "whiskey" is made.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 1999
    Location
    DuPage County, Illinois USA
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    Hi guys -

    A few years back, I had dumped a pile of fine sawdust from my table saw outside in the fall. The next spring I found the bees on some of the early warm flying days, dig around in it and roll all over it. It was hilarious to see! Like catnip to a cat. I also think there was some element they were getting out of the damp sawdust and taking it back to the hive.

    Keep watching those bees and see new things.

    -Barry

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