Sunflower and bee focused

Different types of food

Bees needs to be provided with quality bee feed as a complete honey replacement; to cover regional or seasonal nectar production variations; as additional nourishment when forming new colonies; and as an additional energy source during hibernation or queen breeding.

Different types of food

Bees needs to be provided with quality bee feed as a complete honey replacement; to cover regional or seasonal nectar production variations; as additional nourishment when forming new colonies; and as an additional energy source during hibernation or queen breeding.
Sunflower and bee focused

Honey

The natural food of bees is the honey they make from all the nectar and honeydew they collect. These raw materials supply the bees with nutrients like fructose, glucose and sucrose. The bees that live in a man-made hive, where their honey is collected, need a healthy substitute for their nourishment. These days, beekeepers can choose from a whole range of different bee feeds.

DIY sugar solution

As a rule, sugar and water are mixed in a 3:2 ratio or, less frequently, on a 1:1 basis. This sugar is chemically identical to the sucrose contained in nectar and honeydew, the raw materials of honey. From a correctly made sugar water solution, bees get the necessary enzymes and can make good use of the sucrose as a nutrient. Preparing a sugar water solution is always time-consuming. Attention must be paid to the microbiological instability of the feed, which limits its shelf life and thus the length of time the sugar solution can be used. As a result, the solution must often be prepared in small batches.

API ready-to-use sugar solutions

API sugar-based bee feeds are ready-to-use feeds that meet all the nutritional requirements of bees and are a great help to beekeepers, since they can be fed directly to the bees without any additional preparation.

APIinvert

APIInvert is our ready-to-use bee feed syrup. It contains a sugar composition of fructose, glucose and sucrose that’s easy for bees to digest. The high fructose proportion helps prevent granulation in the honeycomb, even at low temperatures, making it easier for bees to feed all year round.

APIfonda

APIfonda is our ready-to-use sugar paste bee feed. It consists of micro-fine sugar crystals that are each coated with a thin film of dissolved sugar syrup. These crystals can be easily carried off by the bees and swallowed directly.

Starch-based bee feed

Commercial starch-based bee feed products have been available to bee keepers since the mid-nineties. They’re made up of differing amounts of glucose and starch. Since starch is only present in small quantities of a bee’s own natural honey, starch-based bee feed is less similar to their natural diet and therefore less compatible to their digestive system.
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