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  1. #1
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    Aug 2002
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    Lineville Iowa
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    I have been wrestling ( mentally) with this question for some time.
    now that fall is the same as here ,i am trying to decide what to feed a couple of the new hives i started this spring as they
    need just a "little boost" to get themselves ready for winter ( in regard to feed stores).
    what is the best sorce of feed to give the bees ??
    i am thinking about mixing up some corn syrup
    and going that route ,but i wonder about feeding them straight sugar ,but will they
    they expend a lot of energy conerverting
    the sugar into food for winter ??
    Thanks ,
    Zeke

  2. #2
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    Jan 2003
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    oneonta al.
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    Straight SUGAR,Would be the only thing I feed them.2:1,
    I'd think that corn syrup would have starch in it.>>>>MARK

  3. #3
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    I've fed sugar syrup and corn syrup (the kind you buy in the grocery store). They take the sugar syrup up quicker. They seem to build more comb for a given volume of syrup with the corn syrup because it's more concentrated but I don't think they do it any quicker than on sugar syrup. I'd do 2:1 sugarater syrup. Dry sugar is not taken up very quickly and may end up on the ground in front of the hive feeding the ants.


    [This message has been edited by Michael Bush (edited September 03, 2003).]

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