Do Honey Bees Prefer Honey B Healthy Feeding Stimulant Bee Nutrition Essential OIls Cane Sugar Syrup

Do Honey Bees Prefer Honey B Healthy Feeding Stimulant Bee Nutrition Essential OIls Cane Sugar Syrup

okay so what we have set up here is
another water test for the bees this time we’re doing things a little
different and this is probably going to be my last water test of the year
it’s October 27th and we’re getting late in the season and my bees are not doing
a lot of foraging but when we have a warm day like today they are going out
and they are still looking for nectar energy and I do see a lot of pollen
still coming in so that’s interesting recently someone posted on one of my
drinking water reviews and asked if bees like something like vitamin C in their
water and I responded to that saying that first of all I don’t normally test
that type of thing I don’t do additives to their water what we’re looking at is
four containers that are two to one sugar water two parts sugar one part water we
know that they like that purified water and we know that they prefer 50/50 sugar
water but this late in the season we’re giving them two to one now what is in
these drinkers well you’ll notice that they are all labeled and although the
sugar water content is identical for all four two of them are marked one teaspoon
per quart these are one quart entry feeders and they have something called
honeybee healthy in them honey b healthy is supposed to be a feed
stimulant and it has essential oils in it it has sucrose water spearmint oil
lemongrass oil and lecithin and of course on the bottle it says that it’s
non-gmo lecithin well you can see in this timeline sequence that my bees jumped all over the two-two-one sugar water that did not have the
teaspoon of honey be healthy in it so and I juxtaposed the positioning of
these drinkers to make sure that they weren’t all coming to the closest one on
the end or taking care of variables like that
and as you can three see through this time-lapse sequence the bees really
consumed regular sugar water first and they save the honeybee healthy mix for
last now there are a lot of claims regarding what honey bee healthy is
supposed to do for your bees and your hive it’s supposed to stimulate them
some people are supposed to use it to spray the hive when they’re working on
the bees so that it calms them down there are a lot of claims about what
it’s supposed to do for them but I suppose if you put out a drinker or an
entry feeder and you have the tea spoon the recommended teaspoon of honey be
healthy in with your sugar water that the bees would appear to really go after
that well that’s because you’re not giving them any choices so by looking at
this board they obviously demonstrated here at
least my bees and these are northern bees they come from the Weaver family in
Texas and they’re a survivor line honeybee and they go after the
non-additive sugar water first and then they go after the honey bee health
healthy boosted water last and there was a difference in which one they went for
as you can see here the second one from the left was consumed first and
obviously the remaining honey bee healthy treated water is all the way to
your right and they use that last and the duration of what you’re watching
here took place from noon until 4:30 p.m. and they consumed it all now
normally this time of year I don’t even feed my bees I’m not feeding because
they need resources in their hives all of my hives are loaded right now they’re
full of capped honey they’re basically ready for winter now I will post in the
description of the video the website for honey bee healthy I’ll also link where I
purchased this on Amazon I bought it it wasn’t given to me I’m not when I review
something I buy it myself and I just wanted to share with you what
the results aren’t here and you can see it it’s pretty plain B’s go after sugar
water first and then the honey be healthy additive to the water last so I
hope you enjoy watching this there is one more thing I’d like to
mention about it though and that is that this honeybee healthy mixture really
does have an appealing smell and that is of course what is supposed to draw the
bees to it or initiate or stimulate them to feed on whatever nectar you’ve put
out as we’ve already seen here my bees will consume sugar water without any
pheromone additive to get them interested in it but there is a side
effect that I might be a little worried about and that is if they are feeding on
sugar water that has honey be healthy in it and that strong scent is with it I’m
just showing you the setup here that we use I’m a little worried that that scent
would be taken back to the hives and in those bees that are searching for sugar
water would get that scent and track it to a hive and smell it through the entry
board and of course challenge that bee hive a healthy hive of bees can of
course defend their hive but it’s not the same when you’re feeding just sugar
water sugar water has no odor to it and the bees would not track sugar water
pheromone through the air very far but this honey bee healthy stuff has a lot
of ingredients in it that would be very easy for bees to locate based on smell
so I’m just showing you the label of the bottle here this stuff goes for $29 on
Amazon a lot of the bee supply companies better bee, Dadant companies like that
do sell this stuff so you’re welcome to look into it on your own for me and my
bees I don’t think I’ll be using it so thank you for watching I hope you
learned something and enjoyed my last drinking experiment of the season Happy Bee Keeping!

54 thoughts on “Do Honey Bees Prefer Honey B Healthy Feeding Stimulant Bee Nutrition Essential OIls Cane Sugar Syrup

  1. That is interesting. When I've used it, I had them coming into the house searching for that smell. The hives are 100 so yards out back and I had the front door open.

  2. Great comparison. But I wonder if there are health benefits with HBH which would override the apparent bees' preference for 2:1 not having HBH.

  3. Hi Frederick.
    Ok we live in the uk and our climate is a lot different to that of various states north versus south per say.
    We use not honey bee healthy, but a variant of it.
    It's a recipe from the fat bee man that's been tweaked by little bits honey joe may.
    The bees go crazy for it.
    The recipe is on one of his videos he shows exactly how to make and the items required i.e. A glass food blender.
    Yes the mix contains
    In small measured quantities listed.
    Granulated sugar
    Essential oils.
    Lemon grass
    Spearmint or peppermint
    Tea tree oil
    That's basically it.
    Once mixed to the required concentrate add half a cup 1/2 gallon of 1:1 or 2:1 syrup.
    I feel and maybe I'm alone on this.
    Honey bee healthy is an expensive product that not all bees like.
    I'm sorry if anyone feels different that's my feelings.
    The mix is fantastic and costs hardly anything to make.the wintergreen adds an aroma inside the hive which helps combat against varroa.
    The tea tree oil helps fight against fungal diseases.
    Please try the mix you will be surprised on the wonderful results.
    Little bits honey joe may.
    If we can as bee keepers worldwide help an extra % of hives to over winter that's all for the benefit of the lil girls( sorry bees ).
    Thanks for the great videos

  4. Very interesting. I appreciate your documentation and experimentation.
    I would have guessed the result to be quite different. I use HBH often when feeding my bees, but sometimes I don’t have any on hand. I believe supplements and essential oils are beneficial, but there are many factors I suppose. Based on this experiment, which I encourage others to do ( including myself)….I would think that the sugar water is more important than anything.
    It’s possible that maybe different species/hives in different environments need more or less than others. The scent of HBH is indeed an attractant, which could be good and bad. It will attract all types of insects, so it might be best used as an outside source and not within the hive if you have trouble with robbing…but could be very beneficial to a weak/sick hive or to prevent mold in the sugar water.

  5. Thanks for the tests, have enjoyed them. Noticed when the bees started going for the HBH that the left drinker was in the sun. Wonder what effect temp has on their feeding preferences…

  6. I did my own experiment yesterday. I use Dave's Bee Happy 🙂 which is a feed stimulant based on an online recipe using 1:1, spearmint, tea tree oil and lemongrass oil. A little lecithin and then blend for 4 minutes. I ran this test yesterday beginning at 3:30 PM in mid-MD. Temp was 70 degrees. Overcast. Light wind. There is an image here: The sequence was taken at 15 min. intervals in the order as numbered 1 through 4. The container on the left in each image has 1 tsp. of DBH added to the one quart of 1:1. The container on the right contains only a quart of 1:1. My bees on this day preferred the sugar water containing the DBH. Not by much, but there was definite a preference for the stimulant. I went out early this morning. All the bees had left the feeders for the night. One inch of feed remains in the container to the left containing DBH. Two inches remains in the container on the right which contains only sugar syrup with no feeding stimulant added.

  7. I make up batches of syrup outside in a stock pot over a propane burner. Not many bees or yellow jackets are attracted while I am doing so unless I add the stimulant during the process. Which I no longer do! It is only after I transfer the newly-made syrup into holding buckets that I add the feeding stimulant. Once added, the bucket lid goes on because otherwise it would, indeed, attract bees and yellow jackets. The stimulant does a wonderful job preventing mold. And, of course, I would hope that there are (albeit elusive and as-yet unproven) health benefits for my bees.

  8. So, the beekeeper is more attracted to so-called "feed stimulants" than are bees. Further evidence that the essential oil fad is nothing more than a fad. Thanks for adding a little science to the discussion.

  9. Your welcome ,Fred.
    To try and answer the question is tough.
    I'm still classed as a novice.
    That's how I see myself.
    To use the mix as a concentrate,diluting it down to a cup per gallon of pure 1:1 or 2:1 or half a cup for half a gallon.
    I feel it's a way to help protect the bees immune system.
    Pure honey is obviously the best but they need help against pests and fungal diseases.
    Winter green and tea tree oil in the mix will combat chalk brood and the nemesis of the lil girls,the dastardly varroa mite.
    You can correct me if I'm wrong Frederick,as I said this is our second season.
    Randy Oliver said it best at a seminar.
    Bees require 3 things to survive.
    1.a warm dry home.
    2 .a plentiful supply of pollen and nectar.
    3. Help with pest and disease control(wasps,varroa etc etc).

  10. The mix works 100% compared to that overpriced overrated honey bee healthy.
    You might guess I'm not a fan of it.
    Anyone you hasn't seen little bits honey you tube channel please look.
    His version is better than any honey bee healthy product or variant of the product.
    Joe may is his name .

  11. A whole lot of RED FLAGS went up for me when I saw the warning label ingredients itself beginning at 6:04 – 6:22: "KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. KEEP TIGHTLY SEALED. This is a concentrate and not for human consumption. If accidentally ingested seek medical help. User assumes full liability of use." If it's not safe for human consumption and the bees are being made to ingest this stuff which is then added to the hives, what will it do to not only the honey they supply to us but to their own little digestive systems and all the new bee larva in which they feed? What will eventually become of the original honey bee colony or other flying insects which might also ingest this Honey B Healthy stuff. I'm not a bee keeper, but I am a consumer who loves honey and GOD's order of nature. This concerns me greatly. Please don't feed this to your precious bees any more. GOD bless and keep you. Shalom and Agape. (^8

  12. For those who complained about the music or narration, here is another camera view with only natural sounds: and a special thanks to those who are easy to please!

  13. Frederick, great videos, very informative. I’d love to see a review of Gunther Hauk’s recipe for “bee tea” vs sugar water. It’s not a product to buy, but to make.If you search, you should find the link to his website and recipe. Perhaps next spring for a new feeding video you could use this. Again maybe with and without the herbs and flower infusion that his recipe calls for vs sugar water vs HBH.

  14. So I just watched a similar test video. So now I'm just confused. It's a brief video, thought you might want to watch!–l81Y

  15. Thanks Fred, I was surprised at how quickly they consumed those containers. Im in the process of arranging waterers for our bees before they arrive but the option you show doesn't look like it can be sent to us down here in Australia (at least not through Amazon). I wondered what you used for everyday watering of your bees?

  16. I have watched most of your videos and plan to learn how to be a bee keeper as a total newcomer. Your videos are most informative and soothing. I plan to use the flow hive. I'll continue to be your student. Thank you.

  17. Hi Fred
    Maybe this is the experiment Paul Stamets needs to do with mycorhisal extracts for verilla mite eradication ??

  18. Yes, a good test BUT another beekeeper set up a similar test and obtained results opposite to yours. I know your video showed the bees visited the sugar water only containers first but his video showed the exact opposite. Interesting.–l81Y I believe we need more testing.

  19. Thank you I do think that the bees will like sugar water by itself more than honeybee coffee but it's not about feeding them it's about treating them for varroa mites and nosema and I think it probably does help them eventually but I want to make my own and give it a shot

  20. Great experiment – it’s clear they prefer regular sugar water – any data as to whether they were better off with additives? Analogy – if I prefer ice cream to vegetables is that evidence to have more ice cream?

  21. An interesting note not related to sugar but rather only water, on my property I have a massive abundance of water sources, lakes, ponds, creeks and much more. I've found honey bees congregating at a certain spring which is really just a trickle out of the side of the hill and I don't usually see them elsewhere. I've noticed that they like certain water sources just like we do.

  22. It seems like your test is only testing what the bees prefer as a syrup. It doesn't really test whether there is any benefit or harm to the hive from the essential oils. Most medicines don't 'taste' that great that I would prefer them, but they still provide a benefit. I think maybe you're conclusions for testing your hypothesis may require additional observations and measurements.

  23. There are many recipes and brands of "B healthy" out there. I got a similar experience with the same brand used here with the majority of the bees tested. However, some bees were attracted at the same ratio to the sugar water and the sugar water + B Health in other experiments. It is inconclusive to me so far if this has some benefit or not. Keep the good work, Frederick. Cheers.

  24. I read of this guy who added anise to his syrup and then they went absolutely insane, it was like crack to them.
    …if you want to try another experiment.

  25. I've used honeybee healthy only because it was given to me. It worked only because it was the only game in town for the bees. I wasn't impressed. There wasn't anything in the way of improvement. It's just another money maker for a supplement that's a waste of time. I'll stick with my sugar syrup.

  26. From your videos I'm setting up a 2 gallon feeder with Mortan Sea Salt, one 2 gallon sugar water and a 5 gallon of plain water and replenish as necessary

  27. cut the 2 tsp per quart down to ONLY 2 small drops they'll hammer it.The manufacturer recommended dose is WAY Too High and my bees won't touch it,cut it back to drop or two they love it.Actually what I do is put about eighth teaspoon in jar of water an pour shot of that in my quart jar of syrup and they take it better than straight syrup…

  28. Bees preference does not necessarily mean that it's more healthy for their diet. Humans also prefer sugar to honey, but we know honey is more nutricious. This experience just simply tells bees prefer sugar but doesn't mean it's healthy for them. My feeling is that the Bee Collapse Syndrome is somehow linked to human feeding sugar to bees lessening their immunity to diseases among other factors.

  29. They just trying to scam beekeepers how to make more money and none cares for all this medication what cause problem with beekeeping actually killing bees also patties are junk from mannlake etc be careful make your queens less medication and bees will ne healthy

  30. Experience beekeeper will never use this crap but will make own queens and use oxalic acid every year once October or no ember

  31. I only feed new packages early spring and have given choice and HBH was preferred in my experience – not free feed but baggies in the same hive with and without and not observed, just checked the days later to see if they need more and the HBH baggies were empty and the sugar water alone were not… but I did use water out of the tap and saw in your comment that might have an impact. This was interesting, though!

  32. 1 to 1 plane sugar water taken at same rate as 2 to 1 sugar water – more or less (bottles #1 and #3). Honey B Healthy was slowly taken taken while there was plane sugar water to drink. While it is not marked, I am guessing that the H B H.was at the same concentration in #2 and #4. Again not marked but I am guessing that #2 and #4 also had sugar mixed in as well but I did not see or hear you say if it was 1 to1 in both #2 and #4 or if it was like bottles #1 band #3. Otherwise good experiment. Good point about about the pungent sent of these oils. Maybe this is the reason that they were taken back last. The "older bees" were more numerous and wiser about drinking it up and there were a "few younger beers" who didn't realize the potential danger that they were putting the hive in to thus the slow response.

  33. Hi Frederick , just learning , but why would you not feed them some of their own honey back ??? Wouldn't that be the most healthy option to help their immune system ?? Cheers Pat nz

  34. If both solutions started out as 50 / 50 sugar water, and you then added the supplement, the 'fortified' sugar water would be slightly more diluted. Is it possible that they can detect that slight variation in sweetness?

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