Do I need to feed sugar syrup?
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  1. #1
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    Default Do I need to feed sugar syrup?

    My hive died out during a cold snap last winter and I have lots of honey comb to give to my new package when it arrives. Do I need to give them sugar syrup too? Seem to me that frames of honey would be the best food.

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    I prefer to give them syrup. They'll take honey but I look at honey as survival food.
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    Default Honey is good

    Give them both. Not too much honey at first, two frames max. Also search through those frames for pollen. That will assist greatly. Feed them syrup for stimulation.

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    Like TOM G said feeding them syrup stimulates the colony to think there is a flow in turn the queen will lay better.

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    Thanks! I'll be making up some syrup then.

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    I would just give them the honey and not feed.
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    I gave all my new hives both. They're taking the feed like crazy, and they like to suck on the honey when I smoke 'em. I say do both.

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