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Thoughts on feeding dry sugar in spring/summer?


#1

I was reading @Michael_Bush’s website about how/what/when to feed bees (http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm). I was intrigued by the possibility of simplifying things by using dry sugar.

Then I stumbled across this thread where people reported success feeding dry sugar in the summer by putting the sugar on top of their inner cover.

http://www.beesource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-243342.html

Thoughts?


#2

I have never tried it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. However, in SoCal we have a severe drought, and I just have the feeling that bees need the water too. It would be interesting to see how readily they take dry sugar compared with syrup.


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#5

http://mainebeekeepers.org/information-for-beekeepers/recipies-formulations/sugar-candy-and-syrup-recipes/

“Fat Bee skinny Bee” a research paper written in Australia speaks highly of feeding dry sugar as well not just Americans. Your 2 articles including FAT bees that talk about it


#6

I don’t generally feed them in the summer… dry sugar tends to get hauled out for trash if you don’t get it clumped up a bit. But yes, you could do that. Just don’t leave large spaces that the bees can build their own comb in…


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#8

Dry sugar works well as feed in the winter time but I prefer fondant only because I have easy access to it and it is easy to place on the hives.
I’ve never fed bees in the Spring/Summer.
Once the hives have achieved 3 deep brood box status they are very self sufficient and haven’t needed feeding for the past 4 years. Smaller hives and nucs get fondant in the winter but nothing else.
100% survival rate this winter (so far) :slight_smile:


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#10

How can you tell if they are hauling out for trash versus consuming it? I put some on the inner cover and it was gone in about a week.


#12

When they haul it out for trash it’s on the ground in front of the hive… usually covered in ants…