Bees: Sugar Water

We finally brought our bees home!!

I’ve been apart of a bee mentorship since the beginning of the year and this past weekend it was time to bring the girls home. We transported them at night, after sealing up the hive with duct tape and straps. Everyone seemed to handle the trip well and by the next day foragers were bringing in pollen.

Being a new beekeeper, I’ve had many questions and I’ve read several books, but I still need to refresh myself from time to time when it comes to the routine upkeep of the hive, particularly when it comes to the sugar water. We’ve been feeding the bees a 1:1 ratio of sugar water since we received them, and even though they seem to be a well established hive, I’ve decided to continue to feed them through out the summer, into the fall and winter. They seem to still be using it so I see no reason to not offer it to them.

So, how do you make sugar water?

It’s actually pretty simple and with a little trial and error, I think I’ve come up with a decent recipe:

  1. 1:1 ratio means 1 cup sugar (granulated, non0rganic – this actually matters because organic sugar contains more ash which is dangerous to the bees) to 1 cup water.
  2. bring your water to a boil.
  3. remove water from heat before placing in sugar (it’s very easy to burn sugar water).
  4. add sugar while stirring.
  5. allow the water to cool a few minutes before scooping into your jar.
  6. allow the water to cool (I usually put the lid on and leave it till the next morning) before putting into the hive.
  7. clean up your cooking area, sugar water becomes like cement if left to dry on a counter. 🙂

And there you have it, beautiful, clear sugar water for your bees to enjoy.

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