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  1. #1
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    I saved some syrup that the bees did not take this spring, and would like to feed it to a weak hive--but it seems to smell slightly fermented. Can I still feed it to the bees?

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  3. #2
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    margot,

    it just doesn't seem worth the risk feeding bees possibly spoiled syrup. A frame or two of honey or even fresh syrup would be soo much better. Just my opinion. David
    Maine-ly Bees, David Wallace and Family, Bowdoinham, ME [email protected]

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    Throw it away. I had the same problem this spring in one hive and left it on despite my better judgement. That hive ended up absconding???
    Steven Lechner<br />[email protected]<br />303.657.5360

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    I've gotten a hive drunk that way and they died.

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    Anytime my feed goes sour I just throw a bushel of apples into the syrup, wait 45 days and distill for some awsome applejack...

    But dont feed it to the bees. What they do take will give them runny guts and be detrimental to your efforts and their lives.

    J.R.

    [size="1"][ July 28, 2006, 12:31 PM: Message edited by: The Honey House ][/size]

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