Why aren't they taking the Koolaid (water syrup)?
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  1. #1
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    Default Why aren't they taking the Koolaid (water syrup)?

    This April was very cold in the Northeast and there was no point of feeding the bees syrup until the weather broke around April 27th. I got three nucs on April 28th and six packages on May 2nd. When I installed them, I gave them frames with stores from winter dead-outs and also fed them syrup. It just happen that none of them took in the syrup and I had to throw it away due to fermentation and having a vinegar smell. Granted, when the weather broke, we had 3 days of 90s weather, instantly the maple tree in my yard bloomed. It went from budding to full bloom in a day and the bees were working it. But still, the syrup was just right there and they had some non-forage days due to rain. I even laid out collapse was with honey in the open and they didn't touch it. So what gives???

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    Default Re: Why aren't they taking the Koolaid (water syrup)?

    It could be that the syrup was too cold. If the syrup is below about 50 degrees F, they may not be interested. Cold syrup can cool the bees' bodies to the point that they lose muscle control.

    And, if bees do have adequate nectar available, they may prefer that to syrup. Around here, purple deadnettle is one of the earliest nectar sources, and available before any trees leaf out.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Yes, bees prefer nectar over syrup and even honey.

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    Like radar said either too cold or the fresh nectar available was prefered

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    Default Re: Why aren't they taking the Koolaid (water syrup)?

    you answered your question in your op question

    "I gave them frames with stores from winter dead-outs "

    they will favour hive resources over sugar water.

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    Default Re: Why aren't they taking the Koolaid (water syrup)?

    Quote Originally Posted by roberto487 View Post
    we had 3 days of 90s weather, instantly the maple tree in my yard bloomed. It went from budding to full bloom in a day and the bees were working it. So what gives???
    You answered your own question.

    Maple flow has saved many colonies from starvation.

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