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  1. Beeboy

    Beeboy New Member

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    The girls to draw Foundation out, what is the best sugar to water ratio to user? I am going to start
    feeding soon and need to get this nailed down before I start.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. ApisBees

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    For drawing foundation and for the bees to be stimulated to raise brood 1 to 1. For the bees to store for winter feed 2 to 1.
     

  3. riverrat

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    1 to1 simulates a flow. It is startin to get towards the end of wax drawing season
     
  4. Beeboy

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    If there is no Foundation to draw out and you feed then 1:1 what will they do with it?
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    well actually anything from 1 to 1 or less* should work just fine.

    *most all nectar is very much thinner than 1 to 1... I have heard of folks using concentration as thin as 1 part sugar to 2 parts water <which is a bit closer to the concentration of sugars available from most nectar sources.
     
  6. ApisBees

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    They will store it in cells and ripen it by evaporating the water off until the moisture content is below 18 % then cap it. Feeding thicker syrup just reduces the amount of work the bees need to preform ripening the syrup. especially in the fall when the weather is cooler and the humidity is higher, it allows the bees to get more stored in a shorter amount of time.
     
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    1. They'll stuff it in any cell that becomes available---cutting down the queen's ability to lay eggs.
    2. They'll start building comb wherever they can find room, sticking most of the moveable parts of the hive together and thereby making it hard to remove the inner cover and pry out the frames.