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Best food for your bees

Power food for your most diligent co-workers

ambrosia® offers you a bee food of utmost purity and digestibilty. ambrosia® ready-to-use bee food is based on saccharine, tailored to the special needs of bees and as close as possible to their natural diet. ambrosia® recipe stands for low energy intake and digestibility plus maximum utilization of feed value. ambrosia® is easy handled, ready-to-use and comes in a variety of packaging options. The certified production facility guarantees continuous high quality product. ambrosia@ is hygenic and has a long shelf life, and ambrosia® has proven successful in over 40 years.

ambrosia® bee food syrup

ambrosia® bee food syrup is a liquid, ready-to-use bee food with a balanced spectrum of sugar types (fructose, glucose, sucrose) and a base of the purest beet sugar. The high proportion of fructose prevents crystals from forming in the honeycombs. The high concentration of sugar makes the syrup resistant to microbiological spoilage. The ideal composition of the sugar type spectrum ensures that bees can make optimal use of the nutrients. The nutrient concentration / feed value is about 72,7%. 1 kg (or 1 litre) of ambrosia® bee food syrup corresponds to 0,73 kg of crystallized sugar.

The best food

 

Sugar-based bee foods like the ambrosia® syrup and fondant products have been used successfully for more than 40 years to supplement or even replace natural food sources in Europe, and as an energy source for safe hibernation, building nucleus colonies and queen breeding.

Characteristics of good bee food:

  • Optimal recipe with standardized high quality

  • Low energy intake and ideal digestibility

  • Maximum utilization of feed value

  • Quality continuity

  • Shelf life (long best before date, biological stability)

  • Easy to handle (storage, dosing, ready-to-use)

  • Unscented to prevent robbing

 

Feeding ambrosia® bee food, you can be sure to do the best possible for your bees diet.

 

ambrosia® bee food syrup is especially beneficial for early and late winter feeding:

  • Its special recipe means the food is as close as possible to natural bee food

  • Easy intake and utilization – lower inversion effort protects the bee’s energy balance. Tests have shown energy benefits of about 15%.

  • High resistance to microbiological spoilage results in a longer shelf life

  • Hygienic, time-saving and easy to use

To prevent robbing, liquid food should be offered inside the hive only – avoid spilling food on the outside of the apiary. If possible, feeding should take place in the evening. Reduce entrance holes of nucleus colonies to a few centimeters.

 

ambrosia® bee food fondant

ambrosia® bee food fondant is a paste-like mass of micro-fine sugar crystals surrounded by a syrup film of various types of dissolved sugar. The syrup keeps the crystals from crusting over and makes it easy for the bees to ingest. Because of its low moisture content, ambrosia® bee food fondant is shelf stable for at least 24 months when stored properly.

The ready-to-use product is available in the following packaging types:

  • 15 kg box with inner foil

  • 2,5 kg single serving package (PE foil package in a box of 5 items)

We highly recommend the practical single serving packages. Feeding the fondant is quite simple: the 15 kg package, along with the foil, is removed from the box and the open side is placed on the frame. Fondant can also be cut from the block and portioned as needed. The foil keeps the fondant from drying out.

With the 2,5 kg package, a slit about 2 cm wide is cut on the long side. That allows the bees to take out about 400 g per day for a period of 7 days. The fondant is also recommended for building nucleus colonies and for queen breeding.

Storage for all ambrosia bee food:

Store in a dry place between 10°-17°C. Avoid frost.

Best before date for all ambrosia bee food:

Bee food fondant in original trading unit: 18 months. Single packaging: 12 months. Provided intact packaging and proper hygiene. Open packages to be used in a timely manner.

10 important points to start the annual bee cycle

With the end of the nectar flow starting July 20th the breeding activity must be held at a high level using an adapted maintenance feeding (preferably with ambrosia® bee feed dough).

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The “old aunts” in the bee colony should take care of the food preparation after their work.

3.

Beginning in September a brood nest expansion is not possible using a feeding.

5.

Winter bees begin to age as soon as brood care work, or other glandular work, such as food preparation, must be borne.

7.

Beginning in mid-August only feed with ambrosia® bee feed syrup which through its inversion, and its formulation, which is optimally adjusted to the needs of the bees, only very slightly burdens the bees.

9.

A Varroa infestation inspection and the reduction of the mite population must be involved. In doing so, watch for possible reinvasion.

2.

The larvae must swim in the larval food.

4.

The winter bees must still be able to fly out in order to build up the necessary fat-protein body.

6.

The aging process of the winter bees should be delayed through the longest possible break in brooding.

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By the end of August the stockpile of a strong and healthy bee colony should not go below 20 kg of winter food.

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