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  1. #1
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    Default Spraying syrup on new wax foundations

    OK i read this elsewhere but it said to spray syrup on new wax foundations
    just before installing a package of bees.

    Is this standard practice or just someones own personal method ?

    Newbee

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    Default Re: Spraying syrup on new wax foundations

    I tried it one year, but didn't see any difference. I wouldn't bother with it.
    Rusty
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    Default Re: Spraying syrup on new wax foundations

    It is an option. If you add Honey-B-Healthy it makes even more difference.
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    Default Re: Spraying syrup on new wax foundations

    I've never done it and don't suppose that I will. It probably can't hurt but I don't think the bees are expecting it so they won't be disappointed if you skip it.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: Spraying syrup on new wax foundations

    Looks like one less thing to have to deal with which i like.
    Thanks for the replies.
    I even cut out a step in the hive painting process by buying a paint and primer in one can.

    Newbee

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    Default Re: Spraying syrup on new wax foundations

    I would skip the sugar syrup spray unless the bees refused to use the foundation. Typically they want to get to work right away.

    I would not skip using a good alkyd primer on woodenware, I don't trust those "primer and finish coat" products to hold up well on exposed wood. They are fine for things like doors, but I'd stick with tried and true linseed oil, primer, and then latex topcoat on hive bodies.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Spraying syrup on new wax foundations

    I can see putting it on plastic for better acceptance. Wax doesn't require any...
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