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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last Call for Lunch

I'm about done feeding my bees to build them up for winter. Today when I opened my hives at home, the hives felt heavy enough to satisfy me as far as their having enough supplies to make it. I went ahead and added food today, though.

I have made the sugar syrup for the bee trees and will make one more trip over there either tomorrow or Saturday.

Here's the newly placed baggie feeder on Bermuda.

When I opened Mellona, the sugar baggie that was there had crystallized sugar in it. I don't have good luck with the method I am currently using if I don't heat the water some after adding the sugar. This baggie represents a sugar syrup baggie in which I boiled four cups of water and then stirred in 8 cups of sugar and turned off the heat. The sugar syrup never lasts as well that way.

When I leave the pot over the flame for a minute or two after adding the sugar, then the suspension works better.

I didn't know what to do with the sugar crystals. I could mix it back into water. I decided for now to put it on the deck and observe how the bees handle it. It is supposed to rain tomorrow night and on Saturday, so I may bring these crystals in tomorrow and mix them back into water for more syrup.

Finally Aristaeus2 got their baggie. These bees had a bag with some syrup still left in it but I replaced it all the same.

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  1. Pardon the dumb question, how do the bees get the syrup out of the bag.

  2. It's not a dumb question. I cut slits with a sharp knife in the bag - there's an article on the right sidebar under "eHow" on how to use the baggie method to make sugar syrup for the bees.

  3. Linda, I enjoy your blog. I hope your bees have a good winter.

  4. Anonymous8:10 PM

    Linda add 0ne piece of lemon [ about 1/4 of the whole lemon] to the water before cook, you will never have sugar crystals again. william k c


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