At this time of year, it is often necessary to supplement the natural nectar that bees are gathering with sugar syrup. They are able to make honey out of this syrup and it ensures that they are able to store enough honey for the winter. Beekeepers feed with a 2:1 sugar:water syrup.
We determined that our bees at Temple didn't have the amounts of honey that they needed at this time of year to last through the winter, so we needed to feed. As often happens in many of my cooking/craft/gardening projects, the first time I tried it, I did it wrong, so I had to fix my syrup. I'm fine with this- I think it is valuable to learn from your mistakes! Rather than actually working out the proper ratio, I did a quick google search to figure out the dry weight to liquid ratios... google was wrong. I mixed 10 pounds of sugar with 5 cups of water and created a really really thick syrup.
|Granulated sugar, the main ingredient for bee food... those little sugar addicts!|
|10 pounds sugar mixed with 5 cups of water... waaaaay too much sugar.|
|Since the mixture dissolved and it stayed liquid overnight, I thought I had gotten it right.|
|Syrup packed in mason jars, already looking a little too thick.|
|Four holes in the jar lid to let the feed drip out when inverted.|
|Inverted jar on top of the inner cover hole surrounded by an empty box. This will be covered by the outer cover.|