Tuesday bees. How much sugar

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  1. BeepsBees

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    I'm getting bees on Tuesday! What is the sugar water mixture I should use?? I don't totally understand the "two parts/one part" thing. Bcz water and sugar don't weigh the same. By parts can I do cups, like one cup sugar one cup water? I need a recipe lol. Thanks so much. The sugar water will be In a mason jar with holes
     
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    I'm in Florida where it's hot
     

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    Also how often do I change the water? I heard it can ferment in the heat and become poisonous to them like alcohol.
     
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    On a 1 t0 1 mix which you should be using would be 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water and feed it to them until they don't take it any more. If at the end there is left over sugar water just disgard it and water dose not ferment it is the sugar in it.

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    Thanks. I know water doesn't ferment. Lol but I'm concerned about the sugar water fermenting. How often should I change it to avoid fermentation?
     
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    Ok I see what you mean, they will use it before it goes bad so don't make more than a quart at first to see how fast they take it. If they use it petty fast than you can make more the next time, when they find nectar they will stop taking it so take it off and discard it than.

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    I agree, 1:1 - remember "a pints a pound the world around." I'd also put a protein patty on them if you have one. I just checked my 15 packages [10th day] and they are all consuming the patties. However, I'm in MA and you're in FL so I don't know what's available for forage. We've had a week of cold rain which probably had them eating the patties more. Watch for pollen coming in. If they are bringing in a lot and you don't have a patty don't worry, they'll be fine.