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  1. #1
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    I'm expecting a package of bees and plan on feeding them a 1:1 ratio of cane sugar/water. My question is, how is the ratio determined, by weight (for instance 1lb sugar to 1 pint water) or volume (for instance 1 cup sugar to one cup water)?

    I built a Boardman type feeder that attaches to the rear of my TBH rather than the front entrance and holds a 1 gallon jar. I'm hoping this will allow inspection/cleaning/refilling without hive disruption and the location will be somewhat safer from robbing. It will be removed in the winter and the holes plugged. This is my first hive, I hope I'm not reinventing the wheel by trying something slightly different What do you think?

    This forum has been a great help, thanks in advance!

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    >>(for instance 1lb sugar to 1 pint water) or volume (for instance 1 cup sugar to one cup water)?

    I use the volume


    >>I hope I'm not reinventing the wheel by trying something slightly different?--

    That's what makes beekeeping so fascinating

    Terry

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    It comes out about the same either way.

    If you weigh 1 cup of sugar, you get
    about 8 ounces. Likewise, if you weigh one
    cup of water, you get about 8 ounces.

    So, given that 2 cups equal one pint, the
    old saying is a very accurate statement
    as applied to sugar and water:

    "A pint's a pound, the world around."

    (Not all liquids and solids have the same
    density, so this statement is less accurate
    for other things, but more than "close enough"
    for feeding bees.)

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    Simple enough, thanks!

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    I put a rear opening in mine also for feeding ,using an entrance feeder.What if one had a small door to put grease patties in there to , so as not to disturb the bees as much.First hive also. went with 1:1 volume maybe a little extra sugar. Read somewhere 2:1 in the fall.

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    >Read somewhere 2:1 in the fall

    That's generally what most recommendations are. I feed 1:1 in the fall, too. Why? Because it's easier to mix. No boiling water on the stove or doing a lot of tedious stirring. Just some hot tap water and sugar. Stir a few times or pour between buckets a few times and the sugar is all dissolved. It likely will take a bit more sugar that way since the bees need to evaporate more water, but....

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    I do a lot of 2:1 anytime, just because the syrup keeps better. Then I water it down when I feed it. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    If I ever feed, and generally I only feed new installations, I just mix as much sugar as will saturate the water from the hot tap. It gets pretty syruppy and thick. There is plenty of water here and I am more concerned about getting them enough feed sugar in the feed rather them eating it up really fast because they need more sugar. 3 sandwich ziplock bags last 1 week nearly all my new installations I have performed when I fed syrup instead of honey combs.
    Scot Mc Pherson<br />McPherson Family Honey Farms<br />Davenport, IA<br />BeeWiki: <a href=\"http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org\" target=\"_blank\">http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org</a> <br /><br />Pics:<br /> <a href=\"http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/\" target=\"_blank\">http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/</a>

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