I'm starting a new thread so some light may be shed on this topic...
In another thread the following statements were made:
"They will store more of it."add some citric acid to your mix to help invert it. They will store more of it. By just feeding sucrose you are just stimulating them. do a search on beesource there was a thread on how to invert sucrose.
Is this true?
"By just feeding sucrose you are just stimulating them."
Is this true?
I would think that with shortened days, and cooler temps, the bees would be "stimulated" to pack in stores.
And in support of acid-inverted syrup, a proponent wrote:
"proper feeding"?That is the key to proper feeding.
If feeding acid-inverted syrup was "the key to proper feeding" wouldn't its use be more universal?
Anyone searching for a study, supporting their belief that acid-inverted syrup is better for honey bees than non-inverted syrup, might look here:
A study conducted in 1925 by L.E. Dills compared uninverted, acid-inverted, and invertase-inverted syrups.
Dills' study concluded that colonies fed uninverted syrup lost the fewest bees during the winter.
Colonies fed acid-inverted syrup lost the most bees.
Colonies fed invertase-inverted syrup lost more bees than those fed uninverted syrup or honey.
It was concluded that inverted feed is unsatisfactory for wintering.
If someone knows of a more recent study I'd like to read it...