How long to feed syrup

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Vance, May 19, 2010.

  1. Vance

    Vance New Member

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    I captured a swarm 4 weeks ago. Put them in single deep with 1 frame of drawn comb. They completely drew the frames in the deep in 2 weeks. Put second deep on 2 weeks ago, they have now drawn out all but the outside frames on that deep, I looked at that deep on Monday and the queen has layed in almost every cell on both sides of 5 frames in that deep. I have feed 8 gallons of 1:1 in 4 weeks and they keep taking it. We are also in the middle of a very good flow. Should i keep feeding or stop?

    Vance
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I would quit feeding and add a honey super, with the hope of getting a harvest.
     

  3. Vance

    Vance New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. They have stored so much syrup will they move it into a super when i add one?
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Not if there is a flow on.
     
  5. Vance

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    Great thanks, I guess i'll give them a super today. I've never seen a swarm work like this one does.
     
  6. riverrat

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    man them are junk lazy bees if i was closer i would come and take them off your hands. lol
     
  7. sqkcrk

    sqkcrk New Member

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    My general rule of thumb, advising beekeepers who are starting a new hive, is feed a colony until it stops taking the syrup. As iddy said, sorta, if there is a flow on they will ignore the syrup.

    This time of year, I assume, you are feeding them to draw foundation? If so, I would think that in Texas, either the nectar is flowing or it has gone by. No?
     
  8. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    my rule for either starting from nucs, packages or captured swarm is to feed them until they are 1 box of bees. Of course feeding to encourage the pulling of wax beyond one box is not necessarily a bad idea.... for example having extras is always useful if you wish to capture swarms.