Feeding

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Duane, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Duane

    Duane New Member

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    I hived my first package about 3 weeks ago. How long will they keep using the feeder? I am going through about a gallon every 2 or 3 days, I don't have a problem feeding them, just wondering if I need to let them go find their own feed or if they will quit using it when they find enough of their own.

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  2. ibeelearning

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    Where geographically are you?
    Generally, if you are in bloom, they should be able to work for a living after 3 weeks,
     

  3. Duane

    Duane New Member

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    I am in central Missouri. I don't mind feeding them, but don't know if I am hindering them by continuing to feed. I have read that when they find enough nectar they will stop hitting the feeder.
     
  4. camero7

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    I feed until they have filled 8-10 frames, I then add a second box and after they start filling it out I pull the feed if they are still taking it. My experience is they will begin to ignore the syrup when they have a good flow. Watch the landing board for heavy bees returning from foraging and when you have a good quantity of bees leaving and returning you'll learn to recognize a flow.
     
  5. msimmonds

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    I generally feed them until they can fend for themselves.

    They also need to be fed when food supply may be short, like during winter.