feeding for winter
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  1. #1
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    Default feeding for winter

    has anyone tried feeding raw sugar in a tb ?

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    Default Re: feeding for winter

    Hey there, 2Moos. Welcome.

    I have not tried it yet myself. I had lots of honey in the hive last year and will again this year, so needing to feed sugar is unlikely. I have imagined that if I were to feed raw sugar, I would just pour it on the bottom at the back of the hive - just pull the follower to give space and pour some in there - then likely spray a little water on it.

    I'll be interested to hear if others have experience trying it.

    Adam

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    Default Re: feeding for winter

    If you mean raw sugar as in not processed, it is not recommended because the bees cannot process the solids in it as well. See http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm.

    Debbie in MD

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    Default Re: feeding for winter

    I think he means "dry sugar", as is described by Michael Bush under that heading on the page you provided the link to.

    Adam

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    Default Re: feeding for winter

    i'm sorry yes i meant processed sugar.

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    Default Re: feeding for winter

    yes well i made a box the same shape as my following board that will hold 5 pounds of processed sugar, and i'll put that in front of my following board. i drilled holes in the front side at a 45 degees angel with a half inch drilled so the sugar doesn't fall out and the bees can get in and out. i'm going to try it this winter to see if it works.i also drilled a 1" hole in the top so i can fill it and plug it with a cork.

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    Default Re: feeding for winter

    That sounds like a nice-sized feeder. It should be easy for the bees to access as well as provide insulation when full : ).

    To clarify-when I said not processed, I meant less processed. In my area there is a brand of sugar called "raw sugar" which is dehydrated cane juice so it still has the molasses in it, and it also has a fairly large crystal compared to white sugar. The molasses is what the bees have a harder time digesting. Sorry for the confusion.

    Debbie in MD

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    Default Re: feeding for winter

    thanks for asking it helps to clarify what i wanted to know.

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