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Iv'e been feeding old honey that I kept in the frezer over the winter, that I kept from cutouts last year. I felt that if I had a hive that needed it thru the winter I would have it. Worked for me, 8 for 8 and we had a bad winter here in Ft Worth area.( Not as bad as the Nothern area, but bad for us.) Would put it directly on top of frames when days were warm enough. Have about another 80 or so #'s. Spring is about to sprung here, man I'm ready
 

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Actually, freezing honey is a great way to prevent crytallization (yes in the freezer it will not crytalize). I can't recall where I read this, but I tried it this fall and have pulled out jars of honey from the freezer that are perfect!

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I do that after I pull off the honey supers in the fall. If a frame is not all capped, or only partially filled it goes in the freezer for feeding back in early spring or late winter. Best emergency food ever.
 

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I pick up 8-9 bottles of goverment surplus honey today to do just this. What is the best way for me to feed it back to them.
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My recommendation is to just eat it. You only want to feed your bees their own honey. Feeding outside honey is a great way to spread disease.
 

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I pick up 8-9 bottles of goverment surplus honey today to do just this. What is the best way for me to feed it back to them.
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David
Where do you get Gov. Surplus Honey from? I wouldn't feed honey to bees that didn't come out of my own hives. The chances of AFB spores being present are too high.

Why are you feeding them? Have they eaten all of their own honey?
 

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This is honey I cut out last year. Here in N Centeral Texas I have done 4 cutouts since November. I save the honey and comb and freeze it. It does not cristilize.. All the hives I cut out were short of stores. I kept them in my garage and when it was warm enough to take the tops off I would pour the honey directly on top of the frames to get them thru the winter. One I put in a OH. Worked great for me and my customers. Now that days on ocasion get above 48 and the bees are out, I take those nucks out to the location where they will be placed in my yard. I've been feeding SW and mega bee heavy since 1st of Jan. They dont fly every day but when they do I have food out for them. I have 9 different queens coming in the spring and plan on doing some splits.
 

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I found the honey at a estate sale in the basement. I haven't really poke my head in to my hives since late Oct (NW Oh) just pop of the lid for a miniate on one hive that I have at the house one day when it got almost to 50.
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So are you considering feeding them becaus e you think it is time to or because you have some idea that they need feeding? maybe they are just fine and will make it until there is something available from nature.
 

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Im feeding a swarm I caught in a marsh on capecod bay they are the smallest honey bees ive seen , tiny, gentel little ladies. I dont want to give them sugar cause i dont feel like buying it when I have more honey than i know what to do with.
 

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I've been feeding heavy since the 1st of Jan with the antisapation of taking advantage of a early build up. Planing on doing splits and will need a lot of eggs and brood.Honey I saved from cutouts last year will given back to the bees.
 

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I tryed feeding honey to a package with bad results, I thought if I added just a little water and pasturized it it would be ok. but the bees got dysentry and were robbed out within two weeks. the honey didnt ferment but the bees really got sick from it, the whole front of the hive was stained.
 
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