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    Default Boozer bees

    l had some apple cider that went hard and as l was mixing up syrup l put some in. l went to the beeyard and put some with and some without cider. MY GIRLS LIKE TO PARTY! THE SYRUP WITH HARD CIDER WENT DOWN LIKE BEER AT A REDNECK FAMILY REUNION!

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    Default Re: Boozer bees

    Interesting! I wonder what it was about it that they liked. Did you notice any change in their behavior?
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

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    Default Re: Boozer bees

    there are some flowers with fermented nectar so l do not see a problem. l was concerned that the syrup would ferment but it does not stay round long enough

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    Default Re: Boozer bees

    They like the smell of the cider. I had a hive that was lagging and just sipped at syrup until I put some apple cider vinegar in the syrup. They took 9 gallons in a week after than and filled a medium and a half with syrup.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Boozer bees

    Dam alkies. I wonder how they handle the alcohol? Do they store it in the honey or consume it for personal use....

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    Default Re: Boozer bees

    Drunk Bees: A Wholphin Report
    By Brent Hoff
    http://vimeo.com/23391381

    Scientists found that bees enjoy straight ethanol and prefer nectars that are fermented. The scientist in the video claims that some plants, such as the pawpaw (Asimina triloba), use this to their advantage to attract bees to their nectar. Scientists have found evidence that the nectar yeasts responsible for fermentation improve "pollination success, pollen flow and plant fitness" and are beneficial to both the plants and the bees. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2819527/)

    When bees become excessive drunkards, "bouncer" bees may evict them from the hive or even bite off their legs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbXJunKCq60

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