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December 16, 2011


Just for your information, I have not been able to post this month because of family illnesses. I am somewhat better but, my mother-in-law was in the hospital for about a week and my wife, Bettie, flew out to West Texas to be with her. Now they are on their way driving here to Pensacola by way of Texarkana and Memphis, Tn.

I have been by myself since Dec 1. Right now, I am suffering dizzy spells brought on by some of my new medications. I did drive over to the East side of Pensacola to help another new beekeeper check her bees and show how to make some sugar syrup. This is when I found out that when adding  water, instead of hot water, make sure it is a rolling boil. Otherwise the sugar will not melt and mix with the water.

We had hot water when we added it to a container of about 10 pounds of sugar and all it did was mix and stayed granulated. That was a disappointment to both of us. Made a mess in the feeder bucket.  That is what experimentation is all about. To find out what works and what doesn’t.

The formula that we were using was for 2:1, To make a sustaining syrup to keep the bees fed for the times they are out of food, you would fill the container up with sugar and then pour boiling water into the container with the sugar, stirring all the while to help the water to penetrate the sugar and to start the mixing process. Keep adding water and stirring until the water is half way up to the original mark. This will make a syrup of about the same weight as honey. This kind of syrup will give them the energy they need to generate heat and will sustain life until the next honey flow.

1:1 syrup. This is where you add sugar to the mark on the container,  then add boiling water, stirring and mixing as you go, until the water line is up to the same line as the sugar until the contents of the container is the consistency of thin syrup or similar to nectar. This is used for kick-starting the bees into making more brood for the spring honey flow.

At this time of the year, you need to be checking the weight of your hive bodies. If light, then it is time to feed your bees some sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). You should also check the pollen in your hive. Because the bees will need it when they start making babies in the early spring. That is what they feed the larvae 5 days after they are hatched. If there is no pollen, then the queen will not lay eggs and your colony will die.

My bees are still working the Spanish Needle in my front and back yard. However, there is not enough of the flowers to make a lot of nectar. They are putting the pollen up for the early spring baby boom.

I have done all I can to help my bees. It is up to them to carry on. So I wish all yawl a

***********************VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS******************

*********************************and a****************************

******************HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!*************


2 Comment(s)

  1. Steve Bamford | Dec 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Peaches –

    Well I sure am glad you shared your website with all of us. It’s looking real good. Packed with all kinds of good information and your own inimitable style! Best wishes to you and yours and I hope all the health issues going on in Texas with the kinfolk are resolved in a good way so you can have your Bettie back. Take care and thanks for sharing! Maybe you can share when your posts go out and get more traffic to your site and also help us keep up with all your goings on. See you later – Steve

  2. ekpeach | Dec 17, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you for your kind words. I will be back after Jan. 1. Maybe by then my wife and mother-in-law will be here and things will settle down so I can get back to business. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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