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  1. #1
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    Default Feeding raw honey back to the bees

    How do i feed honey from my dieases free hives that I harvested last year, to my new colonies this year. I have 1 in-hive feeder and 2 top hive feeders. Do i need to water it back down to a syrup? Thanks for the advice!

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    Default Re: Feeding raw honey back to the bees

    I take it you have extracted the honey already?

    I've tried top feeding back honey to weak hives or light hives--with a constant worry of robbing. I've had both where it set off robbing, and where it didn't. I think time of year was what made the difference.
    I watered it down just a bit with 1:1 syrup so it would go through feeder holes ok. If I had an in-hive feeder, I'd try that first.
    I fed only on days I could keep a very close eye on robbing.
    Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
    March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF

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    Default Re: Feeding raw honey back to the bees

    A quart or gallon baggie fill up take a nail and punch a few holes in the top of the baggie laying on frames and let the girls come and get it.No drowned bees to worry over no robbing.

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    Default Re: Feeding raw honey back to the bees

    Thank you so much for both ideas. I’m going to try both suggestions and see what happens. Great info!

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