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I fed my nucs dry sugar this past winter by placing several sheets of newspaper over the top bars and pouring sugar on top of the paper. The bees got fed but it turned into quite a mess. The bees chewed through the newspaper and sugar spilled into the bottom of the nuc box. This method also makes it very difficult to lift a frame if need be to check on the bees without getting sugar everywhere. I would like to just fill a division board feeder with dry sugar and avoid the mess. Will that work? Will it put the bees too far from the sugar? Would like to heard from anyone who actually fed this way.
 

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IMHO it would be best to feed the bees 2:1 syrup earlier in August and September if they are light. That way you don't have to worry about the whole dry sugar thing.

If you don't feed earlier you could also add a little moisture to the dry sugar so that it hardens up and is easy to remove when you need to.
 
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