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I bought some HBH for the first time this week to put in syrup for nucs. The nucs have several frames of honey and are in a good nectar and pollen situation. I can't see any more interest on the bees part than if it had been fed without, they are just pecking away at it. I have read here how excited the bees get over it, robbing and so forth but I can't see any difference myself.
 

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You said you are on a flow. See what happens during a dearth. I've never used, but I'm just saying.
 

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Hey Shannon how r ya.
OK but syrup alone will stir them up in a dearth for sure. I want to dose them through the syrup and had hoped the HBH would facilitate that but they aren't real interested. Of course sometimes it takes em a while to get going on it but still, I am surprised not to have any appreciable effect on attraction.
 

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Did you do the little dance before you fed?? You have to do the dance!
 

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Tom,

I haven't seen much difference either. I started using it last summer with some hives and have fed it to some into this spring. I am not sure if I will keep using it or not as it is kind of expensive. I started using it to entice hives with some nosema to take feed.

I do like the way that it makes all of my equipment smell though.
 

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I have better luck when I put 1 cup of cidar vingar with each gallon of 1:1 sw.I also use it in my spray bottle.Run your own test like I did when I put Boardman feeder on each side of the same hive.one with cidar vingar and one without.It may not work for you but what have you hot to loose by trying ?Remember cidar vingar not white vingar
 

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HBH worked like a charm for me last summer. Fed it to all my splits as I got them ready for winter. I can honestly say they did go to sw with HBH before they went to plain sw. Test for yourself. Do some open feeding with one having HBH and the other with plain sw. It won't even be close.
 

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I did a couple of late splits last year and fed them 2:1 with HBH to build them up for winter.They really packed the honey in.I had a couple of the hives starve out on the last little cold snap(with plenty of honey left in the hive) so I extracted what was left in 1-deep,1 shallow,and 1 medium and I got around 6 gallons of beautiful honey that taste like HBH.I guess I will feed it back this fall on some week hives.
 

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I dont see them take it much during a flow. but when the flow stops they will really jump on it. I have noticed robbing when there is no flow. so i reduce the entrance on the small hives and put feed on them.
 
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