How to Feed Bees


How to Feed Bees. Feed your bees regularly in early spring before nectar flows and again in the fall. Feeding bees is especially important during a drought.

Things You'll Need

  • Corn Syrup
  • Cream Of Tartar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Water
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Cooking Pots
  • Molds Or Candy Dishes
  • Platters
  • Quart Jars
  • Stirring Spoons
  • Quart jars


Gather honey that is unfit to market, or use excess honey.

Place honey in entrance feeder and at the hive.

Sugar Water

Heat 1 qt. non-fluoridated water just to the point where it is warm enough to dissolve sugar.

Fill a quart jar with the warm water.

Mix 2 c. sugar into the water until dissolved.

Place the jar in the entrance feeder and at the hive after the mixture has cooled.

Bee Candy

Gather ingredients: 2 c. granulated sugar, 2 tbsp. corn syrup, 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar, and 1 1/2 c. water.

Combine and heat ingredients.

Stir until sugar dissolves.

Heat without stirring to 238 degrees F or until the mixture reaches "medium ball" stage on a candy thermometer.

Pour onto a cold platter and cool until warm to the touch.

Beat until light.

Pour into molds or shallow dishes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use recycled quart-size salad dressing jars to store the feeding mixture.
  • To use dry sugar, remove the top cover from the hive. Pour 1 lb. granulated sugar around the handhold in the inner cover. Replace the hive top.
  • Do not boil sugar and water. This will cause the mixture to crystallize.

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