Re: Anyone Feeding Confectionary sugar to bees
Are you talking powdered sugar or icing sugar which has a percent of starch?
We only use *powdered* sugar when applying terra.
We have fed plenty of the Domino brand (cake) icing sugar with a 6 % starch
but only this time of year when the bees are flying. Never for winter use.
There are some 2000 lb. bags being sold with a granulated sugar which turns
to a gel in the feeders. The bees seem to do ok on the crap (even over
winter) but I observed what looked like an inner tube of a rubber like gel
dumped from the bottom of drums when stored after mixed. I do not know what
the label says or where the beekeepers purchased the sugar.
I bought some hives from a beekeeper awhile back and found an inch of the
gel in the bottom of the feeders. Seems he fed some of the sugar last fall.
We dug the gel out and the bees look great.
Bob gave an excellent answer. The starch is largely insoluble, and
precipitates out when the sugar is dissolved in water. That is the goo at
the bottom. I do not know how much starch remains in solution, but easy to
Starch reacts with iodine to form a purplish-black color. Simply drop
medicinal iodine tincture into your syrup to see how much starch it
contains, by color.
mike syracuse ny
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