1:2 This formula is a very light syrup, it is made using one part of sugar to two parts of
water. For example, 1 pound sugar to 2 pounds of water. It is used in late winter and early
spring to stimulate the queen to lay eggs and helps the bees draw more comb.
1:1 this formula is a medium weight syrup, it is made using one part of sugar to one part
of water. For example, 1 pound of sugar to 1 pound of water. It is used as an artificial nectar
to feed brood larvae in spring and summer or to get the bees to draw more comb.
2:1 this formula is a very heavy syrup, it is made using two parts of sugar to one part of
water. For example, 2 pound of sugar to 1 pound of water. This is used in fall or early winter as
a honey substitute to feed your bees. The bees should add weight and will use these stores throughout winter. Ideal weight for a typical Rocky Mt. winter bee hive is about 120-140 pounds.
Making the syrup: All three sryups are simple to make. Sometimes we call them simple syrups. Bring proper weight of water to a boil then reduce heat to low. Add proper weight of sugar and stir until dissolved. Never cook your sugar. In fact suggesting boiling is a bad idea. Just get all the sugar dissolved with non on the bottom. Let cool and then feed. If you your adding a feeding stimulant or essential oils add proper amount as suggested on bottle, mix well and watch your bees enjoy.