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  1. #1
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    Default Anyone Feeding Confectionary sugar to bees

    A friend was telling me he just purchased a tote/ stack of bulk sugar. He was told it was a combination of powdered sugar and granular sugar, as it turns out he sees mostly confectionary as he emptied the tote. I have always known confectionary sugar to have corn starch in it. I know folks use confectionary sugar to do mite knock downs and sugar rolls but I'm talking about mixing this with water and filling feeders with it. I'm just wondering if this widely used or accepted by the beeks that mix there own sugar water.

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Anyone Feeding Confectionary sugar to bees

    I have just started to feed some. I mix it a day before I need it and let the starch settle.
    I pour the syrup off the top and leave the residue. No problems so far.

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    Default Re: Anyone Feeding Confectionary sugar to bees

    My wife worked at a bakery and would bring the empty buckets home that still had icing in the bottom. I put them out on the picnic table for the bees to clean up (300 ft. from there hives) they would fly in check it out and fly off, they wouldn't eat it? I no longer eat donuts and rolls from bakeries, if the bees won't eat it why should i. If you melt it and mix it with water it might make a differents.

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    Default Re: Anyone Feeding Confectionary sugar to bees

    mbeck, sounds interesting, I wouldn't have thought the starch would not disolve which I guess is a good thing.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Anyone Feeding Confectionary sugar to bees

    Are you sure it is confectioners sugar and not powdered sugar? -js

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    Default Re: Anyone Feeding Confectionary sugar to bees

    I'm not sure at this point. He is going to disolve some in hot water and see if anything doesn't disolve and lays at the bottom of the bucket.

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    Default Re: Anyone Feeding Confectionary sugar to bees

    I have been told by a beekeeper thats all he uses donw south for spring feeding.

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