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  1. #1
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    Default Raisin sugar for feeding bees? Whats your thought about it?

    Hello everyone.

    I found an ad on Craigslist for raisin sugar.

    Here's a link to the ad. http://fresno.craigslist.org/for/4660906567.html

    I'm curious what the experts have to say. I need to feed 200 hives and it's getting costly. The last batch I made consisted of 95 gallons of syrup from Mann lake and 14 bags of cane sugar from Costco for a whooping cost of $630 bucks. That made about 220 gallons. I mix 5 bags of sugar with 6 buckets of water.

    Thank you for your comments.

    Mike

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    Sacramento, CA, USA
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    Default Re: Raisin sugar for feeding bees? Whats your thought about it?

    I will not feed anything to my 200 hives if I were you. You don't know the reliability and purity of this sugar source.
    On a small scale, you can try a bucket or 2 on your experimental hives to see. But not knowing the long term effect I would be
    very careful about this adventure. Would you put something in your mouth if not knowing the background of the
    foods? I'd bee very careful!
    I luv bee source!

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    Default Re: Raisin sugar for feeding bees? Whats your thought about it?

    You are in CA so feeding them will be easy. Looks like the sugar is fructose and glucose so they may store most of it. Have him give you names of other beekeepers that have fed it and talk to them. The only concern that I see is how the pretreatment of the grape might effect the sugar.

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