Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Should You Feed 1:1 or 2:1 In The Fall?

HIVE TALK is a beekeeping podcast with Jon Zawislak and David Burns. Join them today at 1:30 central time. They will be talking about why colonies become more defensive in the fall and steps to take to reduce stings during fall inspections.  

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2:1 or 1:1 Which Is Best For Fall
The fall presents many challenges one of which is to know what to feed bees. Should it be? 1:1 or 2:1 sugar water. Traditionally, 2:1 (2 parts sugar and 1 part water) sugar water is given in the fall. However, this does not afford the colony the opportunity to build up brood. 2:1 is thicker enabling the bees to dry it faster in the fall for stored honey. 1:1 is much more beneficial because it enables the colony to continue to raise brood. Brood raised in the fall will be bees of winter physiology, meaning that they will live 4-6 months rather than 45 days in the summer. I, therefore, encourage you to do both 2:1 and 1:1.

Our Burns Bees Feeding System  allows the beekeeper to feed both 1:1 and 2:1 and a pollen patty in the fall. This gives the bees added incentive to store honey, raise brood and to have the protein to do it all. Our Winter-Bee-Kinds provide winter food. 

TIP OF THE DAY: When to feed liquid sugar and when to feed a candy board: A colony will cluster when temperatures reach 50 degrees (f) or below. At this temperature bees will no longer consume liquid sugar water. My rule of thumb is that when bees are no longer flying due to colder temperatures it is best to place our winter-bee-kinds on top of your brood nest area. This allows the winter cluster to continue to have the added food as insurance. You've worked so hard to keep your colony healthy all year. So don't let them starve this winter.

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Check out my two most recent videos on identifying brood patterns and how to know when your honey is capped over enough for harvest:

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David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

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