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Recipe for Sugar Water
50/50 by weight or volume
for simulative feeding
The following method is used for feeding bees to stimulate brood production.
You should feed according to your location. In southern zones such as
Phoenix, AZ, NM, TX, Fl, CA and most location along I-10 you can feed any
time of the year with this formulation. For those who live close to
I-25 (elevations from 4,000 to 5,000 feet you can begin February 1st.
Those who live in areas with elevation above 5,000 feet you can begin
late February to early March.
Add your sugar to boiling or almost boiling water. add chorine bleach
at a rate of 5 parts per million. For us this means a cap full for 5
gallons. The bleach retards mold growth in the syrup if the bees take
it down too slow. We set a water heater on the highest setting when we
make 100 gallon batches or more. We have to allow the water heater to
recover every 25 gallons or so. Stir your mixture several times
Here are a few examples:
1 Quart sugar to 1 Quart water
5 pounds sugar to 5 pounds water
10 pounds sugar to 10 pounds water
25 pounds sugar to 25 pounds
24 pounds = 3 gallons water
Here is our recipe for protein Patties:
5 pounds pollen
5 pounds sugar
5 pounds ground barley flour
5 pounds ground oat groats
5 pounds 50/50 sugar syrup as
You can substitute any type of flour that has a high protein content such as
flax, rye, soy, corn. You can use whole wheat flour if necessary.
This recipe was taken from the 1860 issues of the American Bee Journal.
Mix all the ingredients before adding the liquid. We like to add 1/4
of the liquid first and slowly add in the mixture, stirring as we go.
We use a drill with a paddle on the end. A mixing paddle for making
creamed honey works good. When the mixture is the consistency that it
will form a glob, but not run we then press it between pre-cut sheets of wax
paper and place them into a 2 gallon bucket with a lid.