Feeding in FL

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  1. BeepsBees

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    A few months ago, while feeding the bees, I had at least 3 full combs of "honey". Unknowingly, I harvested some and was later told not to harvest during feeding because it's not pure. So I stopped feeding them in hopes that the honey would be pure. Checking my hive today I had hardly any honey and my bees were eating it, with many of them sticking their little heads in the comb. So I started feeding them again. When do I stop feeding and then at what point can I harvest PURE honey? I'm in cocoa beach Florida. ImageUploadedByBeekeeping Forum1478099961.603123.jpg
     
  2. paint504

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    I'm in Naples fl, here the nectar flow is pretty much done for the year meaning if you don't have a lot of honey in the hive you need to keep feeding them until spring or they won't survive.
     

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    Ok thank you. After feeding them, at what point can I harvest honey? (How long do I have to stop feeding them for the honey to be pure?)
     
  4. BeepsBees

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    Also. I do one part sugar one part water. Should I do more sugar as it gets colder? And at what point do I need to cover the bottom screen with my bottom board?
     
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    I feed my bees 1 part water to 1 part sugar and I have screened bottom boards year round but than again I'm 3.5 hours south of you I would cover the bottom when it starts getting cold.
     
  6. paint504

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    I wouldn't harvest any honey until next year because your bees will need it to get through the dearth plus it sounds like all your honey is tainted with sugar water/syrup. I'm not sure about TBH but with my hives I don't put my honey supers on until I'm done feeding so I know all the honey that is gathered is pure and not watered down with sugar water understand?
     
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    Yes. I have a top bar hive so I don't have supers. My honey was tainted with sugar water so I stopped feeding a few months ago, but now they've eaten most of it so I'm back to feeding. I'm just wondering at what point can I harvest once I stop feeding. Thanks!
     
  8. camero7

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    Once you stop feeding any combs that were empty when you stopped will be pure honey. You can also harvest some of the sugar/honey combs if you'd like. They will taste pretty good too. Just don't sell the honey from them, consume it yourself. I do that occasionally.
     
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    At what point after I stop feeding will it be pure honey?
     
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    The rest of the combs I mean that do have "honey" in them
     
  11. camero7

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    They will be a mixture of sugar and honey. They taste fine, just not pure honey.