Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Murfreesboro, TN, USA
    Posts
    318

    Default How long do I feed?

    New TBH two and a half weeks old. I've been feeding 2:1 sugar water from the start. A few days ago, I switched to 1:1 sugar water. They are eating a quart a day. I have about six bars of comb with eggs and uncapped larvae. Here's my question: How long do I continue to feed? Do I need to keep feeding since they're starting from scratch so late in the season? Or have I given them enough of a head start that I should stop or reduce feeding?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Denver, CO, USA
    Posts
    17

    Default Re: How long do I feed?

    Once you start, you can't stop until they are getting the real thing on their own. If you stop and there is not a nectar flow, then you've forced them to build up and then let them hang out to dry. So feed until they stop taking it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Murfreesboro, TN, USA
    Posts
    318

    Default Re: How long do I feed?

    So the bees will stop using the feeder on their own? The only reason I ask is that I was advised by a Langstoth user that I need to "ween" them from the feeder and force them out to hunt. From what you're saying, this isn't true.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Denver, CO, USA
    Posts
    17

    Default Re: How long do I feed?

    In my experience (and I'm only in my 2nd year), a few bees will keep visiting the feeder when a nectar flow is on, but it takes so long for them to empty it that the syrup starts to ferment. They really do prefer nectar over sugar water. But if their population is building fast, and there's not a good natural source, then they will suck the syrup down fast like yours are doing.

  5. #5

    Default Re: How long do I feed?

    Force them to hunt?
    ha. Honeybees instinctively forage for food every day that they can get out of the hive.

    there is no such thing as lazy bees, only lazy beekeepers.

    when not forced to expend carbs for every carb they need ( = nectar - wax - honey) bees will expend carbs for pollen (=brood food - more bees - stronger colony).

    Feed until you have a flow on or the bees have built out enough comb to make it through winter.

    Feed 1-1 while the bees are still building comb and then 2-1 if you need to give them something to fill the combs.

    Hopefully by then they'll be strong on their own.

    Now is a little late to start a colony from scratch here in Maine, but our everything shuts off around 9/15. I am sure that you have a longer season.
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads