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  1. #1
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    Default Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    I have two hives, one is feeding on a quart of 2:1 mix every day. The other hive, right next to it, and what I also believe to be a relatively strong hive, is barely taking an ounce a day it seems. Is there any reason I should be concerned? Something I can do to make them eat? I am concerned because these are both five frame double high medium nucs that were started late in the season and I am certain they do NOT have enough stores to make it through our winter here in southern New York.

    Please, if anyone has suggestions it would be helpful.

    Appreciate any feedback.

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    What kind of feeder? Temperature? What kind of bees? If using a jar type feeder, see if holes large enough for the bees. If temps get too low, they may not take liquid syrup.
    I am sure there are better answers than this.

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    The feeder is a plastic quart container with holes that are not clogged up, temps are in the 50's. Have no idea what kind of bees they are.

    Quote Originally Posted by orthoman View Post
    What kind of feeder? Temperature? What kind of bees? If using a jar type feeder, see if holes large enough for the bees. If temps get too low, they may not take liquid syrup.
    I am sure there are better answers than this.

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    The addition of either commercially made or home made HBH to the 2:1 feed will make it much more attractive to the bees.

    Steve

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    Sorry for my ignorance, but please elaborate on your acronym, must be honey bee something???
    thanks,
    larry

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    Larry,

    HBH = honey bee healthy. Either commercially available or there are many home made recipes available here on beesource - just do a search. It is a feed additive consisting of essential oils which the bees can't resist. The bees will feed on the syrup containing HBH like crazy.

    Good luck with your bees this winter.

    Steve

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    In this area it is getting too cold to feed with top feeders. Try baggies on top of the cluster. You will need to make up a spacer rim or put a box around it. You could also think about combining them with a strong hive or nuc and improve their chances of survival.
    Adam - Zone 5A
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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    When I see equal strength hives taking vastly different amount of feed, I suspect high nosema counts or queen issues. Sometimes it's neither, but most of the time it seems to be one or the other.
    Bruce

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bear Creek Steve View Post
    The addition of either commercially made or home made HBH to the 2:1 feed will make it much more attractive to the bees.

    Steve
    A little vinegar works well too. Honey is acid. Sugar water is alkaline. Some bees don't care. Some bees do.

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    I'm in WNY (Buffalo area) and I'm getting the same thing. My stronger hive is not really feeding, where as my weaker hive is. I have the 1 gallon feeders that sit on top of the inner cover. Temps have been in the 50F's here. I'm using a 1.5 to 1 mix with HBH. I suspect my weaker hive to have a less than desirable queen. I started them from nukes earlier this year.

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    dsegrest,

    Like you, I also lower the pH to closer to honey but with a dash of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). I also add a dash of electrolyte to improve bee health.

    Steve

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    bees vary a lot. try some of the above ideas. no guarantees.

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    Default Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    Are you sure the hive not taking the syrup has empty cells in which to put the syrup? If there is no storage room the bees will not take the syrup.
    37 years - 25 colonies - IPM disciple - naturally skeptic

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