Recipes and Formulations for Feeding Honeybees
Use: Stimulates brood production; apply in late February or early March
(Makes a 1.5 pound patty)
1.5 cups (8oz.) fat-free soy flour
.5 cup (1oz.) Brewer’s yeast
1.5 cups (12oz.) granulated sugar
.75 cup (6oz.) Hot water
Mix dry ingredients and add slowly to syrup until mixture is like stiff bread dough. Press between wax paper. Place patty over cluster with wax paper up.
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Use: Possible deterrent to tracheal mites
1.75# granulated sugar
.75# vegetable shortening (Crisco)
It is now recommended that terramycin not be added. Gradually add sugar to shortening and form into patties.
Sugar Solutions for Feeding Bees
Spring feeding: 1 part sugar to 1 part water
Fall feeding: 2 parts sugar to 1 part water
Terramycin for American Foulbrood
The two approved forms of this drug are TM 25 and TM 10. (The numbers refer to the concentration of the drug in the package.)
(For dusting with TM 25)
1 level tsp. TM 25 soluble powder
1 ounce powdered sugar
Apply 2 Tablespoons of this mixture per colony on ends of frames. Apply 3 times at 4-5 day intervals. (For use of TM 10, see directions on package.)
Use: Winter feeding.
The formula for the fondant candy supplied by Dr. Roger Hoopingarner
15 lbs. sugar
3 lbs. white corn syrup
4 cups water
½ tsp. cream of tartar
(smaller quantities can be made using the ratios above)
Dissolve the sugar in water and stir while heating the mixture to 240 degrees F. Let the syrup cool to about 180 degrees F., then beat until thickened and pour into the board ( like an inner cover with higher sides and no hole) to harden. Once the candy is hardened boards can be put onto the colonies candy side down over the top frames. Some beekeepers pour the candy into wax paper lined molds and then put these blocks on the frames while the inner cover is placed, with the deep side down, over them. Make the blocks no thicker than the depth of the inner cover rim.