How long to keep feeding sugar water?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by stormranch, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. stormranch

    stormranch New Member

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    They are taking about 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of sugar water a day (the stronger hives). Do I continue as long as they will take it? Sorry for so many questions, I thought it would be better to put them on separate threads so that they could be dealt with separately. Please let me know if Im not following forum etiquette. Thanks for your help.

    Mark
     
  2. notaclue

    notaclue New Member

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    If you are a member of a local club they would be an excellent source of information, including nectar flows, as would be a mentor if you have one. If there is a nectar flow going on I would stop feeding and let them will find it. If you're not a member of a local beekeepers club now would be a good time to go to meetings and check them out as well as ask questions.
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Feed them as long as they will take it, or until the hive weighs 50 lb. more than just the woodenware. In other words, until they have 50 lbs. of stores. They will stop taking it if there is nectar to be had.

    PS. It is much easier to answer one question per post, plus it is better for the search feature for later on. Thanks for breaking it down.
     
  4. stormranch

    stormranch New Member

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    Thanks. I will check out the local beekeeping clubs; also I know a local commercial beekeeper who i could ask for info. He parks some nucs here every spring.

    Regards,

    Mark
     
  5. beewildered

    beewildered Guest

    As the above posts state, feed them as long as they take it. I wouldn't count on pulling any honey from that hive this year. Leave what they make as winter stores.