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Sugar Syrup for Bees

Sugar Syrup for Bees

Make sugar syrup for your bees using these easy recipes for 1 gallon or 5 gallons at a time. This guide is for making thin, 1:1 sugar syrup quickly and easily without a mess. Find out how much sugar to feed your bees to equal 1 frame of capped "honey".

When you have a 2 or more hives to feed, we find it easier to make about 5 gallons of syrup at a time, rather than 1 gallon at a time. To do this, we measured out the fill marks on the inside of 2 (5-gallon) buckets. Each bucket has a fill line for the water and a separate fill line for the sugar. 

Sugar Syrup Math for Beekeepers

Sugar Syrup Math for Beekeepers

Making sugar syrup for your bees can be confusing, especially for new beekeepers. We spell out the recipes needed to make thin 1:1 syrup and thick 2:1 syrup. We give you a chart to figure out how much sugar syrup you need to feed your bees in the fall and how much it will cost you to make it.