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My bees seem to prefer the manure puddles created in my pasture from the horses and also my neighboring farms leaky grey water.

Does that water get mixed with honey? If it does it sure tastes good :shock:

I supply them with buckets and dog waterers of fresh water and they go untouched in favor of stinky nasty water! :???:
 

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When bees are collecting nectar, water is not mixed with the honey. The evaporation of the water from the nectar and from the collected water is used to cool the hive. If no nectar is coming in and the bees have to cool the hive, the collected water wold be used for cooling. However, when the bees are feeding on the honey they have collected, particularly if it has crystallized in the cells, they may use collected water to dilute the honey for their own use. This honey would not be what you are extracting for human consumption since you don't take the diluted honey, it goes from "hand to mouth" of the bees.
 
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