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  1. #1
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    Default Dry Sugar

    Do the bees store dry sugar or do they just consume it as needed?

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    Default Re: Dry Sugar

    I think they just use it as needed and a couple of my colonies are visibly hauling it out and dumping it. Cost of doing business because it has definately kept some alive.

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    Default Re: Dry Sugar

    I believe it is like an emergency trail bar.

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    Default Re: Dry Sugar

    They mostly use it as needed.
    I had a hive that stored a small amount in a few comb cells, though

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    Default Re: Dry Sugar

    The cluster will be in physical contact with the sugar. There is usually a thin layer of semi-liquid sugar at the boundary of the cluster, which I think they use as needed.
    Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/

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    Default Re: Dry Sugar

    As a general rule, they use it as they need it. But if warm weather comes and there is still a dearth they may start storing it.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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