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  1. #1
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    Mar 2011
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    Atlanta GA
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    Default feeding sugar syrup- how much is too much?

    Greetings:
    I am getting my bees ready for the winter so I am feeding them. The syrup they are going through is unreal! They are consuming about a 1 gallon in a period of 24-36 hours. Last week I went through 15 pounds of sugar (2:1). Should I stop or slow down? Thanks in advance for your input.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2011
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    Palermo, Maine, USA
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    Default Re: feeding sugar syrup- how much is too much?

    I would feed them until they had stores enough for winter. For me that means a hive of 2 deeps and a medium that weighs about 150 lbs.

    Too much is possible. If they are honey bound, meaning that all the cells are filled and the queen has no place to lay and there are no empty cells for the cluster, then that would be too much.

    I'm afraid that I can't help you with what ready for winter means in Atlanta, but I'm sure that it is different than Maine!
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  3. #3
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: feeding sugar syrup- how much is too much?

    A cluster needs empty comb to cluster on. If you feed too much there will be no where for them to cluster.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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