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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Revisiting Bee Tea

It's been over a week since I have fed either Blue Heron or Valerie's hives - I decided to take care of that today so I went with Julia to Blue Heron before I went to work and to Topsy at a break after lunch.  Here is the process of making the bee tea and the feeding of the hives.

I put a slideshow up because I am now including both chamomile and thyme from my garden in the bee tea.  Interestingly, the hive at Blue Heron had only used half of the baggie syrup and almost none of the pint jar in the Boardman on the interior.

I wonder if they have run out of storage room?  Or if the aster blooming in the fields is meeting their current needs?  Or if I hadn't cut long enough slits in the baggie or had clogged holes in the jar lid of the Boardman?  I cut longer slits in the baggie and changed out the pint jar for a jar with a better lid.

We'll see this weekend when Julia and I revisit these hives to do a final consolidation for winter.

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  1. Linda, what's the purpose of bee tea? What makes it better than sugar syrup?

  2. The thyme helps combat the varroa mite. The chamomile is supposed (according to Ross Conrad) to promote bee health. The whole concoction is supposed to strengthen the bees' immune system. Other than that, it IS sugar syrup! I don't want to lose any more hives and want the three I have to make it through the winter, so I'll do almost ANYTHING that might promote that.


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