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So I'm one of those perfect angels who doesn't steal all the honey only to have to feed my bees sugar syrup, especially during the winter.

I've noticed that bees come flying around from other apiaries in a frantic search pattern around my hives and house looking for food, namely MY honey in my happy hives.

Could the irresponsibility of stealing most of the honey only to feed sugar be causing these malnourished bees to be stalking the premises of those who keep bees responsibly?
 

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So did you check their gut content for sugar? What a preposterous presupposition!
It's obvious these stalkers aren't my bees. I would suppose my hives have something that they aren't getting at home, and that's pure, delicious, untreated honey.

I'd be willing to bet that they are getting sick of all the buckets of HFCS laced with antibiotics.

It's just a hunch. No, I can't prove anything.
 

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Have you looked into your hives lately? Are your colonies strong? Maybe they are so weak that they are subject to being robbed? Are there some large apiaries near you?
 

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Quote of the day "preposterous presupposition" :applause:
 

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Actually, my hives are quite strong. But that doesn't stop these foreigners from attempting to rob.

I occasionally see these troublemakers being escorted out of the hives by my bouncers.
 

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Uhh, Pat, how do you know that your bees aren't robbing the 'HFCS laced with antibiotics' syrup from those other hives? :scratch: :eek: :lpf:
 

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Uhh, Pat, how do you know that your bees aren't robbing the 'HFCS laced with antibiotics' syrup from those other hives? :scratch: :eek: :lpf:
That's actually a great and valid question.

I tell you all what. I'd be willing to have my honey tested by a impartial scientist to see what are the levels of HFCS, pesticides, etc and so-forth.

I'd love to know myself.

I'd probably be SWAT-teamed for economic terrorism for not propping up the status quo.
 

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> I'd be willing to have my honey tested by a impartial scientist to see what are the levels of HFCS, pesticides, etc and so-forth.

Well, it just so happens that you can do exactly that and support Beesource at the same time. Just click on the Randox Food Diagnostics advertisement on the right side panel of this thread.
 

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It disturbs me to see a hive being robbed. The bees are relentless. I have narrowed the entrance to the size of one worker bee and had success. I used a robber screen but the bees were not adjusting well so I took it off. Good Luck!!!! Narrow entrance may be enough.
 

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Actually, my hives are quite strong. But that doesn't stop these foreigners from attempting to rob.
any african bees in your area as I see you are from Fl., they may be looking for a new headquarters.
 

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Generally robbing is a symptom of a strong healthy and active hive when there is no nectar flow. They will go out & see what they can find even if it is in another hive. Weaker hives may rob also but will tend to be the victims.
 

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On a more serious note, is there a place to have honey tested? I clicked on the link, but it was not helpful. I can't tell what Randox is offering, but it looks like it's not for me.

I'd like somewhere to run a simple test to tell me if my honey is honey, or are my bees carrying HFCS or sucrose up into the honey supers. I'm not as interested in pesticides or antibiotics. HMF's might be a secondary test.

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Generally robbing is a symptom of a strong healthy and active hive when there is no nectar flow. They will go out & see what they can find even if it is in another hive. Weaker hives may rob also but will tend to be the victims.
Exactly. This is what bees do in a dearth. Doesn't matter how much honey they have, if they can steal more resources, be it sugar or honey, they will. The more they hoard the more they can swarm. Has absolutely nothing to do with being fed sugar vs being left honey. Nature at it's finest.
 
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