Feeding honey in winter
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  1. #1
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    Default Feeding honey in winter

    I have about 5 gallons of honey (extracted) that I decided to feed the bees for winter.

    Somewhere I have read, making a hard candy of the honey, placing it in the hive in pieces,

    and the bees consume? Anyone try this?

    I have also used winter patties, but feel this would work.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Feeding honey in winter

    it would be awful hard to make honey into candy without scorching it as there’s little moisture to bring it up to soft set temps (240F).

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    Default Re: Feeding honey in winter

    sugar blocks are cheaper, and easier
    cooking honey will destroy the nutrient value
    you could get some of those cakepan circle feeders
    and fill it with honey, just don't cook the honey
    DavidZ

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    Default Re: Feeding honey in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernIllinoisPlumber View Post
    I have about 5 gallons of honey (extracted) that I decided to feed the bees for winter.
    Yikes! I can think of a whole lot of things to do with $600 worth of honey that does not include giving it back to the bees. Sugar is so much cheaper and, according to some, is better for them in the winter due to almost zero ash content.

    If you are going to feed it, leave it liquid and use a good hive top feeder so the bees do not get stuck in the honey.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Feeding honey in winter

    Thanks for the advice!

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    Default Re: Feeding honey in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by rwlaw View Post
    it would be awful hard to make honey into candy without scorching it as there’s little moisture to bring it up to soft set temps (240F).
    What about honey that has already crystallized into hard candy... Could be cut into chunks and placed right on top- would they consume it?

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    Default Re: Feeding honey in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by dekster View Post
    What about honey that has already crystallized into hard candy... Could be cut into chunks and placed right on top- would they consume it?
    Sure; routinely done; best wrapped in thin plastic with a couple of slits.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Feeding honey in winter

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    Yikes! I can think of a whole lot of things to do with $600 worth of honey .......
    +100.

    Dry sugar (25-30c/pound) will carry the bees into spring just the same.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Feeding honey in winter

    Heating honey creates HMF (Hydroxymethyl furfural) which is poisonous to bees. Giving bees capped combs of honey is great, but if I've already harvested it, feeding it is more problematic because it sets off robbing. I would stick with dry sugar at this time of year.
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