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  1. #1
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    Apr 2013
    Edmond, Oklahoma, USA

    Default feeding bees SUCANAT

    Has anyone any experience feeding their bees Sucanat. (sugar cane juice dehydrated at low temperatures)

    Seems like if it were re-hydrated it would be the equivalent to the original raw cane plant sap. I would think that would be good for the bees.

    any thoughts?

  2. #2
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    Feb 2012
    Alabaster, Alabama, USA

    Default Re: feeding bees SUCANAT

    Haven't considered due to the cost.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2005
    Tucson, Arizona, USA

    Default Re: feeding bees SUCANAT

    Raw sugar contains many solids that the bees are unable to digest. Molasses being just one of several that will cause the bees digestive troubles. There have been many threads discussing this issue.

    What might be more healthful for humans and other mammals, isn't always the same for insects, like honey bees.
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2011
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA

    Default Re: feeding bees SUCANAT

    Welcome to Beesource!

    Joseph Clemens is correct. Here's more info on that issue:
    ultracrepidarian >> noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside of his expertise

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Evansville, IN

    Default Re: feeding bees SUCANAT

    Nectar consists pretty much of water, sugar (usually sucrose, but can contain glucose and fructose) and very small amounts of amino acids, small peptides maybe, and essential oils. Bees get all their other nutritional needs met by pollen.

    Anything but pure sugar syrup is bad news for feeding. The best thing to use is pure cane or beet sugar (99% sucrose) with maybe some apple cider vinegar or essential oils like HoneyBee Healthy added, nothing else. Tea, plant extracts, unrefined sugar, and other substances will cause trouble because bees never contact them naturally.

    Powdered sugar usually contains cornstarch, also impossible for the bees to digest, gives them the trots.


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