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  1. #1
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    May 2011
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    Default Feeding on warmer days

    Just curious, on warmer days in the winter (65-70), can you feed lighter hives 2:1 sugar syrup? Or is this not a good option? I assume drying time would be an issue. Thanks

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Feeding on warmer days

    I wouldn't let worrying about drying time cause you to starve your bees. You can always do mountain camp feeding if your worried about drying time. My mother lived a lifetime along the Canada/North Dakota border and said her winter playing Rosie the Riveter in Georgia was the coldest of her life!

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Feeding on warmer days

    Thanks for the response. I think I will check to see if any is light and feed those. The next three days show around 70 high and lower 50's low.

  4. #4
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    jackson county, alabama, usa
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    Default Re: Feeding on warmer days

    i have one that is very light. i put two quarts of 5:3 on it yesterday. the syrup is over half gone already. i might give them one more quart tomorrow. it's a very small cluster, only about three frames of bees.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  5. #5
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    Ballard County, KY
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    Default Re: Feeding on warmer days

    I mountain camp all mine each fall. So far about half are eating the sugar. We had a terrible drought this year so guess I'll have to feed through March. The girls were bringing a bright red pollen today at 67 degrees. I noticed some henbit blooming, guess that's what they are foraging on. If I were you in Georgia, I would not worry about drying time just pour the heavy syrup or sugar to them. The two week forecast for West KY is above normal temperatures. Every week passes gets us closer to spring.

    Tim

  6. #6
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    Jun 2009
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    Woodstock, GA
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    Default Re: Feeding on warmer days

    I fed mine today in Cherokee County. Gotta keep them alive until the first bloom.

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