Use honey in a top hive feeder????

laryanitaApril 22, 2010

Hello all. I was wondering about using a honey in a hive top feeder. I usually use organic sugar to feed my bees, which can get quite costly. My hive didn't make it through the winter, and they left a nice amount of honey, which I have already harvested. Does anyone have any experience with feeding their bees honey via hive top feeder? Is it too thick? I've read elsewhere not to dilute honey when feeding, so I'm wondering if this is plausible.

Thanks ahead!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Usually old honey you can feed without diluting, I leave it out, when time
comes, early spring or later in fall when nectar source stops,
bees will take it, perhaps you have some really hard honey,
heating up in a oven or steam might help. I have tried one's with diluting, for some
reason bees didn't want to touch it.

Konrad

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 10:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jl_cog(5)

Yes, yes, yes, do use honey for feeding. 1:1 is good BUT NOT PASTURISED Honey! It kills the bees :(

Not a scientist but this is information picked up elsewher online. JL

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 11:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
beekeeper961(8)

I would not feed my bees honey because honey is a lot more expensive than sugar also do worry about getting organic sugar just get the pure cane sugar but you can feed bees honey. Happy Beekeeping! -Alex

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 8:22PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Bee identification
This large bee was attacking honeybees and bumblebees...
hrathbur
Bee Hive for Black Bees
We have a large bee hive that was created this summer...
MotherNauresDaughter
Living with pollinators
Hello, I am new to this forum. We have been co-existing...
simplegreenguy
First year raising Mason Bees...some advice if you please
So A buddy and I split an order of Mason Bees from...
dbobul
Will Rosemary attract bees?
I am planning a small bed at my daughter's school and...
Terry_R
Sponsored Products
Yankee Blue Wipper Bird Feeder
Overstock.com
Poly Lumber 1-1/2 Quart Hopper Feeder
Fifthroom.com
Double Bentwood Feeder
$175.00 | FRONTGATE
Troy Lighting Hive Transitional Outdoor Wall Light
1800Lighting
'Joy' Hummingbird Wall Plaque
$13.99 | zulily
Gallerie Decor Driftwood Natural 3-drawer Table
Overstock.com
PIANETA Bird Suet Feeder by Blomus
$17.99 | Lumens
Peeping Blue Bird on a Brush
| Dot & Bo
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™