Bee Feeding Recipes: When feeding bees, it is the sugar, not the water that the bees need. By mixing the sugar to water at different ratios, the beekeeper can encourage certain behaviors. Below are sugar syrup recipes from Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, and the actions they stimulate within the hive. Also included are candy recipes and instructions for dry sugar feeding used as emergency winter food when temperatures are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bee mite treatment - another formula = In a blender combine: 1 cup light (1:1) sugar syrup, 1 T tea tree oil (for nosema control), 1 teas lemongrass oil, 1 T spearmint oil (for mites), Blend until thoroughly emulsified, about 5 minutes. Pour into a half gallon jug and add light syrup to make 2 quarts. (Do not heat EOs) This is the concentrate. It will keep for months. (A jug of concentrate will make 8 gallons of 1:1 syrup) To feed: Add 1 cup concentrate to 1 gallon of cooled sugar syrup.
Herb Infused Honey-SWEEEEETTT! Enhance the flavor and aroma of an ordinary pot of honey by pushing two or three sprigs of fresh herbs into the syrup. Lavender and rosemary, thyme, and sage are delicious and fragrant options. Allow herbs to steep at least five days for maximum intensity. To make a gift, transfer store-bought honey into a handsome mason jar before adding herbs.