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MikeonMayne
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Joined: 25 Feb 2010
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Location: Canada, mayne island

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:45 am    Post subject: Feeding packaged bees. Reply with quote

Hey y'all
I'm REALLY new to beekeeping and
have just put a package of bees into a
TBH I JUST built.
Another beekeeper gave me a package of
"beefood" to help get them started. This was
made from pollen, brewer's yeast, soy flour and
something else I think. I haven't seen anyone else
mention this. Can anyone tell me if it's standard?
My bees seem to be getting used to the hive after
a few days but they definitely have the shits. I've put
sugar syrop in the hive as well as honey.
If anyone could tell me if I'm on the right track
that'd be well appreciated.
I love bees.
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Garret
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Location: Canada, BC, Delta

PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike. Yes it is common practice to put pollen patties on when installing packages at this time. For the bees to take it properly it needs to be placed above were the bees have made their main cluster. Make sure they are taking the sugar syrup as they won't last long without taking! There isn't much in the way of nectar yet.
They should be bringing pollen in but I would still put the patty on for the first month anyway.
I cut notches in a couple of bars so the bees will have access above and place the patty and an upside down paper plate over the notches. The access should be as near as possible to the cluster.
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MikeonMayne
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:51 pm    Post subject: what about honey? Reply with quote

Hi Garret
Thanks for the reply, I was hoping to hear from you at some
at some point. You're close and are into TBHs I don't know anyone who
has experience with these so I'm kinda feeling my way here.
So yes I'm feeding 2;1 mix sugar water AND honey in the hive.
I thought honey because it's more natural for bees to be eating it but I just ran into a friend that has kept bees and ha said it may be unwise as the honey could be tainted with spores of unwanted bee diseases.
The yeast cake is on the bottom of the hive under all the activity as there's
no room above the bars (they are pushed together and my roof sits on them) it's sitting on the mesh opening.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated
I so want to get this hive off to a good start.
Cheers,
Mike
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Garret
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your friend gives good advice. I wouldn't feed outside honey.
Are your bees eating the pollen patty you placed on the bottom screen?
Also has their diarrhea cleared up?
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MikeonMayne
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:04 am    Post subject: Feeding packaged bees. Reply with quote

Hey Garret

Yeah the bees are making their way through it,
not quickly though. The reason I brought it up was that
the bees were leaving little puddles all over the top of the hive and a few streaks on the front. You know, I sat down and saw them coming out
and squirting and going back in! I figure they usually leave something
a little more discreet. It looks like the bee food with the yeast and stuff in it.
Maybe they are eating it and are stressed and upset just flying in from NZ
I don't know. I just thought I'd ask out there if someone else has experienced this.
As far as clearing up, I think it did let up a little after a few days but I've had to leave for work the last few days and I haven't been near the hive...
Wishing all a Happy St. Paddy's,
Kind of a cr@p* topic,
thanks for any help,
Mike
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Garret
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Feeding packaged bees. Reply with quote

MikeonMayne wrote:

Maybe they are stressed and upset just flying in from NZ


I think this is true.
The recommendation is to feed fumagilin-B after installing. The reasoning is these bees have had problems with nosema. I never fed fumagilin when I got my NZ bees and they where fine.
As long as the bees are making it outside and away from the entrance to relieve themselves they're probably alright. You don't want them doing this inside the hive. The sugar syrup seems to help flush them out but do keep an eye on them. I wouldn't worry about a few streaks on the hive.
It sounds like you and your bees are off to a good start. Have fun and keep us informed.
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MikeonMayne
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:50 pm    Post subject: feeding packaged bees. Reply with quote

Thanks Garret,

I'll check out the hive
today when I get back.
Seems like I made up the
permanent roof just in time as it was
rather windy on Mayne the last few days.
I'll post some pics of the hive
soon, it's a great bee home.
Thanks for your help,
M
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agapetos
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
I have installed two package bees into my TBHs on Wednesday and have been giving them sugar water 1:1 since. It is June now, and temperatures are between 25 and 39 degrees Celsius. They are placed on the outskirts of the village, close to the meadow and corn and sunflower field.
I was wondering how long should I continue giving them sugar water since I plan to make them as natural as possible as soon as possible, and in the same time would note like to kill them.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

agapetos wrote:
Hi,
I have installed two package bees into my TBHs on Wednesday and have been giving them sugar water 1:1 since. It is June now, and temperatures are between 25 and 39 degrees Celsius. They are placed on the outskirts of the village, close to the meadow and corn and sunflower field.
I was wondering how long should I continue giving them sugar water since I plan to make them as natural as possible as soon as possible, and in the same time would note like to kill them.


you have added a post, to an old post over 2yrs old, far better when asking questions to start your own new topic
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

in that case - even better for me. I just did not want to spam with more topics than needed. Smile
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