Do you feed your bees high fructose corn syrup & other sugars?

by Melane
(Toronto)

I recently read that bees are often fed high fructose corn syrup or other sugars so that they can produce honey year-round.

Do you feed your bees high fructose corn syrup or any other type of sugar?

Angela's Response:

You are correct Melane in that bee's are often fed sugars and high fructose corn syrup. At Dutchman's Gold however, the bees that produce the honey in our bottles have never been fed sugar. You can be assured of that. We do however, use sugar to feed the bees AFTER they have produced our honey crop to get them through the cold, harsh winter only so that they can breed and produce offspring whom then produce the next years honey crop. (they then die off) It is these offspring (whom are not fed sugar) that produce the following years honey crop. So each year the next years honey crop is produced by bees whom have never been fed sugars.

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What do "Winter" bees eat?
by: Ray Babcock

The queen lays increasingly larger numbers of eggs in later Winter to produce workers for the Spring. There is no nectar available yet. What is the source of their food until nectar is available?
Isn't it the sugars your fed to the hive in the Fall? I am not sure if I understand how they survive if they "haven't been fed sugars".

Thanks,

Ray Babcock

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