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  1. #1
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    Default Bees carrying sugar out?

    I know what you're thinking..."his hive is being robbed", right?
    Here is what I found yesterday: VERY healthy hive. Fed them through the winter with sugar bars inside. Watched them bringing in pollen yesterday like crazy (for a February anyways!)... five to ten bees on the landing with full sacs at all times. Entrance reducer is on smallest setting. Saw no fighting with the guards, and this is my most protective hive. What puzzled me though was seeing one bee after another come out with a sugar clump in its mouth and fly off.
    Do you think they are so busy processing pollen that they are ignoring the fact that some bees are robbing their sugar...or does this sound like they are just cleaning up and don't want that sugar in the hive anymore?
    As always, thanks for your wisdom!
    One-Arm-BeeMan

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    Default Re: Bees carrying sugar out?

    If you are referring to granulated sugar....it isn't robbing. Most likely house cleaning.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: Bees carrying sugar out?

    Its quite possible that chunks of sugar have broken off and fallen down into the hive (on the topbars, maybe on top of the cluster, etc) and they are simply removing the "foreign objects" without really paying attention to what they are.
    Beekeeper since 2013. Read my bee blog at:
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    Default Re: Bees carrying sugar out?

    Yes sir Dan, granulated sugar chunks.
    Thanks for the opinions. I think I'll make it easier on them and just go ahead and remove the bars; especially after seeing how much pollen they were bringing in yesterday.
    One-Arm-BeeMan

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    Default Re: Bees carrying sugar out?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustFed1 View Post
    I think I'll make it easier on them and just go ahead and remove the bars; especially after seeing how much pollen they were bringing in yesterday.
    Make certain, before you remove it that they have stores of honey. They need carbohydrates to survive and pollen doesn't supply it.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: Bees carrying sugar out?

    If you use drivert sugar they are way less likely to remove and will consume faster. It is an inverted form of sugar which is way easier for the bees to use.
    Last edited by JBJ; 02-18-2014 at 06:37 PM. Reason: spelling
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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    Default Re: Bees carrying sugar out?

    Or wet the sugar a bit so they recognize it as food. A spray bottle of water is the best tool for this job...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Bees carrying sugar out?

    Moisten it Or invert your sugar with cider vinegar.

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