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    Default Sugar Feeding

    3 hives utilize the syrup the 4th does not touch it. The 3 are much further along. Whats up with the 4th hive?

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    Default Re: Sugar Feeding

    Feeding nearly always brings more questions than solutions. The forth hive may not need feeding because they have ample stores or they are finding enough nectar and/or pollen to meet their needs. If they are not taking syrup, that is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncbees View Post
    3 hives utilize the syrup the 4th does not touch it. The 3 are much further along. Whats up with the 4th hive?
    Have you checked in on #4 and verified that they have a good laying queen? Sometimes that alone will affect how they take syrup. And as stated before it could be that they have enough already. Here's a real good question for you. When you feed, is this the last one you give syrup to? If so it may simply be that the syrup has a larger amount of crystalized sugar in it and they don't need as much to do the same amount of work.. I ran into that problem on one of my hives long ago. Now i mix it up constantly as i give it to them and the last hive is never the same. lol
    Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    The Queen is laying really good patterns, but there is virtually no honey stores. Lots of pollen. Maybe they are getting robbed. I watch them and don't see that happening though. I am going to refresh tonight syrup. I'll spray a little on the top bars to see if I can entice them to the feeder.

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    Default Re: Sugar Feeding

    As is often asked around here "Have you lifted the back of the hive to judge it's relative weight?".

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    Default Re: Sugar Feeding

    No. I'll do that tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncbees View Post
    No. I'll do that tonight.
    What type of feeders are you using? Hive top, boardman, division board? If they have a good brood pattern, etc with no honey stores they should be taking the syrup like crazy. If it's a boardman - make sure you have at least two holes in the lid, if it's a hive top, make sure you find bees in it or that they can even get to it, and if it's a division board make sure the entrances aren't gooped up with wax, etc. Something tells me these girls just can't get the syrup for some reason.
    Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Quote Originally Posted by drlonzo View Post
    What type of feeders are you using? Hive top, boardman, division board? If they have a good brood pattern, etc with no honey stores they should be taking the syrup like crazy. If it's a boardman - make sure you have at least two holes in the lid, if it's a hive top, make sure you find bees in it or that they can even get to it, and if it's a division board make sure the entrances aren't gooped up with wax, etc. Something tells me these girls just can't get the syrup for some reason.
    Top Feeders. I am going to switch feeders around and see what happens.

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