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  1. #1
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    Default Candy Bricks - Do Bees Draw Comb and Store Sugar from Them?

    I know bees can be stimulated to make comb and store syrup by feeding them liquid syrup, but if you feed them sugar candy bricks, will they do the same? I have heard of some folk feeding them year round with these sugar bricks.

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    Default Re: Candy Bricks - Do Bees Draw Comb and Store Sugar from Them?

    In theory no. I have candy boards on a few hives, one hive has drawn a comb ladder from the top bars to the candy.

    Candy is consumed and digested rather than stored this time of year.
    Pearl City Apiary Michael and Loucil Bach

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    Default Re: Candy Bricks - Do Bees Draw Comb and Store Sugar from Them?

    I would tend to agree with Michae B. I have not observed them drawing or storing candy board or mountain camp sugar during the last two winters. On the other hand, I was lazy on removing some mountain camp sugar on a couple of hives in March when we are gearing up for the pre flow and those hives ended up being the best hives I had. They were loaded with bees and ended up storing a surplus come late April/May. I suppose it gave the hive the resources to raise lots of brood the 30 days before our main flow of the season. I now leave my sugar or fondant on till I super up in the spring for a flow.

    Tim

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    Default Re: Candy Bricks - Do Bees Draw Comb and Store Sugar from Them?

    I've noticed that my hives are hauling the candyboard sugar out of the hive. Not sure the % but they're definitely removing some which surprised me.

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    Default Re: Candy Bricks - Do Bees Draw Comb and Store Sugar from Them?

    I wouldn't guarantee they wouldn't draw ANY comb or store ANY of it, but as a general rule, they don't tend to. They tend to just eat it when they are in need of stores or when the cluster is up against it.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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