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  1. #1
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    Jul 2013
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    Terre Haute, Indiana
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    Default How many bars of honey vs bars of bees.

    Quick question for my first winter.

    How many bars of capped honey should I have in the hive vs bars of bees. Is there a ratio like 2 bars of honey for 1 bar of bees?

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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: How many bars of honey vs bars of bees.

    In my location (very cold winters, USDA zone 5) I want somewhere between 1 and 2 capped combs for each comb of bees. 1:1 is enough to usually keep them from starving. 2:1 is usually more than enough for a big buildup before the nectar starts coming in. Any more is a waste. Typically I probably have about 1 1/2 combs of honey for every comb of bees. I might tend to be more generous with yellow bees than dark bees as the dark bees tend to be more frugal. So I would lean toward the 2:1 with Italians and more toward 1:1 with Carniolans or local dark feral bees.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How many bars of honey vs bars of bees.

    Thanks Michael. That's exactly the info I needed.

    I also came across a swarm tonight while my wife and I were taking an evening stroll. I got them into a hive and now have my fingers crossed.

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