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Bee Hive building & a place to share howto's on equipment
 #4921  by Chrisbarlow
 01 Oct 2019, 17:25
I've made up a couple of batches. Put some on a colony just to see if they would try them and a success. Taking them down nicely (in this relatively warm weather with many good flying days Mick)

Made a cock up with last batch by not putting enough liquid in , which meant they wouldn't set hard in warming cabinet. So took them out and put them back into a bucket and added more water. Did a remix, They've set ok now.

I tweaked the recipe and added some pollen substitute in as well.
 #5025  by derekmroberts
 13 Oct 2019, 20:15
Suggestion on the acid additive - I have had two occasions where bees with very low stores didn't take syrup down from a feeder. I added a teaspoon of cider vinegar (mentioned as a syrup additive in the BBKA magazine many months ago) and they came for it before I got the lid back on the feeder - seems they like condiments!

I passed this on to a friend who was having the same problem, same result.

Some of my bees like fondant, some not so keen, maybe it helps them find the stuff in the first place?
 #5026  by Chrisbarlow
 13 Oct 2019, 23:09
Possibly Derek, don't know tbh. I thought the lemon grass was the attractant, but who knows