How To Feed Your Bees

It may come as a surprise to some people, but you do actually have to feed your bees! (That is if you want to have a much greater chance of a happy healthy hive.)

Some ways to feed your bees is with something called a pollen patty.

Pollen patties are a great source of protein for your bees and can generally be purchased online pre-made, or you can make them yourself from a dry powered mix.

If your bees are short on honey, or if you just want to be safe, providing your bees with a simple sugar mix of 1 part water 1 part sugar is a great option, and I highly recommend doing that. Just place the sugar mix outside the hive so the bees can have easy access.

Fondant can also be a great option for winter and early spring when you’ll probably need a higher sugar content feed.

Here’s a quick recipe for fondant:

  • 5 cups of water
  • 15 pounds of sugar
  • 3 cups of Karo light corn syrup. (Try and avoid the stuff with high fructose corn syrup or any fructose. It has been rumored that 1/3 of high fructose corn syrup has a toxic element to bees.)

Bring water to a boil and put in sugar. When all the sugar is dissolved add corn syrup and bring temp up to a soft boil or 252 degrees (F).

When it’s all done just pour the mix into some pie pans, or whatever is convenient and safe.

Once the mixture sets just put the fondant on a sheet of wax paper (or parchment paper) above the bees. Cut a few slots in the paper so the bees can get to the fondant.

And there you have it, your bees should be healthy, happy and no longer hungry!

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7 Responses to “How To Feed Your Bees”

  1. tom

    hey now. I tried to submit for free quick start kit but it wouldn’t let me enter name and e mail. I also have moved anto 10 acre lot and am curious about getting started. Thanks, Tom

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    • WorldOfBeekeeping

      Sorry Tom!

      Are you using Internet Explorer 6 by chance?

      We seem to be having problems with that browser.

      I’ll add you to the list and send you the first part of the kit.

      Thanks!

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  2. Belinda

    Hello
    Is it okay to feed them their own honey or other sweet nectars instead of sugar since it is man made? Does it matter what part of the country I order bees from? Thanks!
    I may want to link your website to mine as well

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  3. WorldOfBeekeeping

    Hey everyone!

    Thank you so much for your questions!

    We’re getting slammed with questions and are working on making videos to answer them.

    Look out in your email for updates!

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  4. William

    Is it a good idea to put the entrance in the side near bottom so I can have the brood in the middle of hive for wintering as I live in Indiana

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