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  1. #1
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    Default Sugar water substitute?

    Cane sugar can get pretty expensive. I was wondering whether or not there was a subsitute for the 1:1 or 2:1 ratio of sugar to water to feed my bees.
    1) Can I use jam/jelly?
    2) What substitute for the sugar can I use?
    3) If I MUST resort to using cane sugar, where can I buy it cheaply (bad quality or in bulk)?

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    Default Re: Sugar water substitute?

    High Fructose Corn Syrup.

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    Default Re: Sugar water substitute?

    where to get? (in an urban area)

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    Default Re: Sugar water substitute?

    Bee Equipment Supply Store. Large Apiary. Try calling a local Farm Coop as some farmers add this to hay or silage for a feed additive.

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    Default Re: Sugar water substitute?

    Pay attention to the sugar aisle in the grocery store for times when they go on sale. Otherwise, the cheapest I have found is the 10 pound bags at Wal-Mart for about $5.50. They've got 25 pound bags too, but not much cheaper and it's easier to manage smaller bags.

    The possibility that pesticide residues could be in HFCS is enough to keep me from ever using it for bee food.

    Edit: You might be able to get free fondant from bakeries that mix up too much of a certain color, but that is probably hit or miss.

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    Default Re: Sugar water substitute?

    Costco has bulk bags of sugar that's pretty cheap; that's how I go. You will never find jam/jelly cheaper than sugar (well never say never I guess, but it's just sucrose that's been processed and time/work put into it ), and shouldn't use it for feed anyways.
    Bees, brews and fun
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    Default Re: Sugar water substitute?

    >1) Can I use jam/jelly?

    They will get dysentery and it won't be cheaper.

    >2) What substitute for the sugar can I use?

    It does not have to be cane sugar. Beet sugar works fine.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm#kindofsugar
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Sugar water substitute?

    I get 25# at costco for $13

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    Default Re: Sugar water substitute?

    I have read that corn syrup can be a problem,the reason being so much corn is grown from genetically modified corn,that has chemicals added to it for controlling pest, if you research david hackenburg and colony collapse you see what I am talking about,they have discovered that chemicals connected genetically to the corn is causing colony collapse disorder and i will never use corn syrup for my bees.

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    Default Re: Sugar water substitute?

    This is my concern about HFCS. I'll stick with cane sugar.

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