Wanting to do everything I can to help out my Honey Bees I started to make my own syrup for both my hives.

Wanting to do everything I can to help out my Honey Bees I started to make my own syrup for both my hives.

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Bee Feeding Recipes: When feeding bees, it is the sugar, not the water that the bees need.  By mixing the sugar to water at different ratios, the beekeeper can encourage certain behaviors.  Below are sugar syrup recipes from Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, and the actions they stimulate within the hive.   Also included are candy recipes and instructions for dry sugar feeding used as emergency winter food when temperatures are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bee Feeding Recipes: When feeding bees, it is the sugar, not the water that the bees need. By mixing the sugar to water at different ratios, the beekeeper can encourage certain behaviors. Below are sugar syrup recipes from Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, and the actions they stimulate within the hive. Also included are candy recipes and instructions for dry sugar feeding used as emergency winter food when temperatures are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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There is an incredible amount of information for beekeepers here. Hives, feeders, wax processing, etc.etc. etc..... great website!

There is an incredible amount of information for beekeepers here. Hives, feeders, wax processing, etc.etc. etc..... great website!

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Close up of Inverted Canning Jars used to feed bees syrup over winter in Backyard Beekeeping

Close up of Inverted Canning Jars used to feed bees syrup over winter in Backyard Beekeeping

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When I feed my bees syrup I use a quart jar with a few small holes in the lid.

When I feed my bees syrup I use a quart jar with a few small holes in the lid.

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DC Honeybees: Spring Bee Food Bee syrup and bee tea recipe

DC Honeybees: Spring Bee Food Bee syrup and bee tea recipe

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