what exactly is a HONEY FLOW
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  1. #1
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    Question what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    : I am a new bee and would like to know how to recognize a honey flow. I've been told to keep feeding my new hives sugar water and want to know does this interfere with honey production?

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    Default Re: what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    Feed your bees UNTIL they have drawn out the brood supers. when you put your medium/shallow honey supers on you should stop feeding, unless you WANT sugar syrup in your honey (unlikely). Bees will probably not consume your syrup if they have a better source (real nectar).
    Search & read everything on this forum & Bushfarms.com
    about feeding. I lost my 1st two hives for lack of knowledge in this area. Good luck.
    Rmns 1:16/Prv.3:5,6/ Beegan BK May 09/ Zone 5b
    I have NOT failed. I have only found many many ways that do not work!

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    Default Re: what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    My rule of thumb is when the bees store more than they consume.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    You'll know it when you see it. Lots of flight activity!

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    Default Re: what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    thanks lakebilly, i think i will do as you suggest

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    Default Re: what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    acebird, i am finding that knowledge comes from being a good listener. one can learn a lot if he will ask and listen

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    Default Re: what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    I stopped feeding hive #1 because they were active and the deeps were getting heavy. I then put on a super with excluder hoping to get some honey. But now hive #1 foragers are attacking hive #2's feeder with a vengeance. So I am wondering if I made a mistake and should remove the hive #1 super and start feeding. What would you do?

    Joe

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    Default Re: what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    First thing you need to do is some research, with your local ag extension agent, local beekeepers, state agricultural service, apiary dept, if they have one. ASK QUESTIONS! You are looking for a general time frame. Ask what plants are usually involved and when these flower. Become like most experienced beekeepers, a sideline botanist. When you know what plants to look for, and see them, especially if several species cover the same time frame, assume the best, super up, and let the bees do their thing. Stay ahead of the curve, super up ahead of the flow.

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    Default Re: what exactly is a HONEY FLOW

    Yes, Kettle you should stop feeding the weaker hive with what sounds like an entrance feeder. The stronger hive could rob out your other hive. Once robbing starts it can be hard to stop. Try some robber screens and some sort of feeder inside the hive if you feel they need to be fed.

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