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Feeding bees

This is a video of bee hives in Buckeye, AZ that we have fed protein patties we make in addition to a 50/50 sugar syrup.  We moved these bees from central New Mexico in October.  This video was made February 25th.  Many of these bees were in a weakened condition and most would not have survived the winter in NM.  You can see how much of the patty the hives have consumed in less than two weeks.  The hives that have consumed little of the patty have had issues that we have corrected such as loss of queen or a poor laying queen.  They should catch up in about a month.  The recipes we use are to the right.

Mary and Bill's Bees

This is a video of Mary and Bill's Bees we moved from Albuquerque to Buckeye last November.  This hive would not have survived the winter in mid Albuquerque.  After we moved this hive we began to feed every two weeks a 50/50 sugar syrup with a protein patty that we make ourselves.  See our recipes on the right hand to the right. This hive had 4 strong frames of sealed brood when this video was taken February 25th in Buckeye, AZ.  We will return this hive to Bill and Mary mid March so it can pollinate their fruit trees. 

 

 

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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       

   needed

 

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.

 

 

 

 

     

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