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    Default Feeding temps.

    Well it has been a long cold winter and we are finally going to have some temps. in the mid 40s .
    Is it a bad idea to put some syrup on my lite nucs? Its only coming to be like 3 days with temps in the 40s for now.
    And cold at night. I guess I may be jumping the gun a little . I have some really lite hives right now.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
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    Default Re: Feeding temps.

    I would use fondant

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    Default Re: Feeding temps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    I would use fondant
    I have dry sugar on all them .
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

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    Default Re: Feeding temps.

    If they have sugar, this isn't the time of year I would be giving them syrup. It's still pretty cold and you could get another cold snap and then they have moisture issues...
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    Default Re: Feeding temps.

    Not a bad idea if you think they will starve without. Someone here mentioned that if you put it on top of them (and keep it there), the temperature difference of night and day, would cause the feed to drip on the cluster, that is of course if you are planning on feeding through your inner cover. Other alternative, boardman feeder, in entrance, but we know what that brings. Worst case scenario, you feed, queen start laying lots, they start brood away from the cluster (but since it is close quarters, one may not have to worry about this), they wont leave them, cold snap comes, you lose brood, bees, and maybe the whole colony?

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    Default Re: Feeding temps.

    I've fed successfully with the baggie feeder a week ago and I'm continuing

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    Default Re: Feeding temps.

    At this temperature fondant will be a good choice. Can be mixed with some pollen substitute.

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