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.
Recipe for Feeding Bees 2 quarts (8 cups) of white sugar (do not use brown sugar or other substitute) 3 cups of almost boiling water 1 cup of chamomile tea (can use chamomile flowers or tea bags) 2 tablespoons of your own honey ½ teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice a healthy pinch of sea salt 3-4 drops of lemongrass essential oil 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine Mix sugar and water until all sugar is dissolved.