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  1. #1
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    Default Feeding your Bees

    Is there such a thing as over feeding your Bees? (Sugar Syrup)
    Is it possible to feed your Bees too much pollen?

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    Default Re: Feeding your Bees

    Yes, sort of.

    Feed them too much and they'll multiply wildly and swarm in summer time. Seen this many times.

    Pollen I'd lay off of during winter to not promote the queen to lay eggs. Just my 2 cents...
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    Default Re: Feeding your Bees

    Too much syrup, and they may back-fill the brood nest.
    Fall/winter pollen feeding may cause dysentery if they are unable to make somewhat regular cleansing flights.
    After 40 years of beekeeping, I've come to realize that the bees can fix most of my mistakes.

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    Default Re: Feeding your Bees

    don't forget space to cluster is a requirement.
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    Default Re: Feeding your Bees

    Quote Originally Posted by ABC Beekeepers View Post
    Is there such a thing as over feeding your Bees? (Sugar Syrup) All depends on your motivation for feeding, and what outcome you want.
    Is it possible to feed your Bees too much pollen?
    If you have small hive beetle problems, yes. If stimulating brood during the normal season, NO, but if small hive beetles are around watch how much you put on at a time.

    Personally, I feed syrup to stimulate brood rearing and pollen sub till the normal flows start in early spring/late winter. Then in early fall to late fall I throw on more to make sure I get healthy winter bees. Works like a charm every time.
    Thomas Bartram

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