Is there a problem feeding old honey (could be as much as 4 yrs old) back to the bees? A person called me and asked for my help with their hives. The hives ariganlly belonged to her father-in law who passed away two seasons ago and nothing has been done to the hives since then. There were 8 hives 3 of which were dead and the rest in BAD need feeding. under a shed with his bee equiptment we found several 4 gal jugs of honey. It had turned, or was origanilly, very dark but was still good. Would there be any side effects to the bees if she fed it back to the bees? Would a 2-1 sugar syrup be the best. She will probally loose 2 more hives if she doesn't get food to them real quick. Any thaughts would be appreciated.