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A walk through the apiary one bright morning in early winter.
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This is crazy. Mine are the same, its almost the shortest day and the bees are burning fuel collecting pollen

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[USER=2699]@Philbee[/USER] agreed. Will require close monitoring of stores and mite load going into spring.

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[USER=2597]@Rob Stockley[/USER] Mine are on dry raw sugar now and 3-4 weekly Oxalic acid. The way the weather is, cold then wet and mild Im not putting any more syrup into them. I reckon there are going to be some very hungry bees around this season.

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I noticed lots of activities in my hives. Warm weather on/off , but mainly warm. Two (out of4) hives need extra feed as they were Fall split and had new Qs .I do wonder though...more you feed ..Q things is breeding time and produces more eggs. That is all good if there is more pollen to feed the brood which then needs to feed on honey... but if the supply is limited (as it in winter hive)then the whole process is fruitless . Or should I see it as long term- the hive will be strong as it comes to Spring Flow???

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[USER=118]@Maja[/USER] Its a matter of survival. The hungry hives will starve without extra feed this winter. Personally Id feed dry sugar

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Yes-feeding over winter might be the matter of economics as well. For commercials it properly not worth the hassle and labor I read your post about raw sugar feeding. You obviously have been doing it on commercial scale and bees doing well, but I have wondered do bees digest it properly??...:unsure:

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[USER=118]@Maja[/USER] Im not sure how they convert it. When they do it properly they must add water to it I do know that they consume it and dont get dysentery and dont starve. The raw sugar remains loose whereas white sugar forms a solid block that is consumed at a slower rate. The altimate is invert Candy but its difficult to make. IMHO

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