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  1. #1
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    Default Feeding weak colonies

    I have played with different ways to feed bees many times. What I have noticed is that weak colonies won't move far for food. Sometime a feeder can be a frame away and they will not touch it. I read a article where someone filled combs with sugar/water and placed them in there hives. So I tried this with a couple weak hives along with a couple strong colonies. The weak ones thrived from this and the strong ones had plenty of food but I think this may help them in early spring to get a jump.

    Here is the a video show how to fill frames: http://youtu.be/qAyx4MNLAQE

    What's your thoughts?

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    Default Re: Feeding weak colonies

    Filling combs with syrup is very effective, but messy. Probably the best thing to do for a weak hive provided it's warm enough to open the hive and you have the time and comb.

    Otherwise a candy board works very well, as the bees will be at the top of the hive when they run out of food anyway. They will cluster right on the candy, and the condensation will make syrup around the outside where the "cold" bees can pick it up and take into the cluster easily.

    Far better to feed them up in the fall, but that isn't always possible.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Feeding weak colonies

    I will remember this for next season. Thanks a lot!

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