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Sunflowers

Unread post by Ceejae » December 9th, 2016, 6:19 pm

I was hoping someone could tell me what are the best sunflower seeds to grow for our honeybees and the best place to get them. I don't,t want to poison my bees. Can someone help, please?

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Unread post by Allen Dick » December 9th, 2016, 8:04 pm

I don't think you can go wrong, but be aware that sunflower honey is dark and a bit bitter. Some people like it, but it makes nasty comb honey
Nasty does not equal nice.
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Re: Sunflowers

Unread post by Berdy » January 12th, 2017, 12:14 am

Allen Dick wrote:I don't think you can go wrong, but be aware that sunflower honey is dark and a bit bitter. Some people like it, but it makes nasty comb honey
Nasty does not equal nice.
Agreed, I really don't like sunflower seed honey.
You could learn about phenq on here today.

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Unread post by Charlie » January 19th, 2017, 9:17 pm

Allen I believe when I was picking a hive up from you 2-3 years ago you mentioned that sugar syrup was better than sunflower honey for wintering bees, something about the particles that make the honey dark also plug up the bees. Maybe you could elaborate.

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Unread post by Allen Dick » January 19th, 2017, 9:28 pm

Its about that simple. Darker honies usually have more solids in them and solids are a problem for wintering bees. Some solids are irritants. Other solids (ash or indigestible matter), even if they are not irritating, accumulate in the gut and cause the bees to need to fly out to empty their wastes. Flying in bad weather results in losses.

Strong tasting honies may also contain spicy chemicals that are mildly toxic or have drug-like effects that can disquiet a colony
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