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Frequently asked questions
How many times per year should I feed HiveAlive?
For best results, we recommend adding HiveAlive to all syrup fed. The amount of syrup colonies consume will vary greatly with location, size, time of year etc. As a guide for an average sized colony we recommend feeding a minimum of 1 gallon/4L of activated syrup per hive (10ml of HiveAlive) in fall and again in spring. Fall is the most beneficial time to feed with HiveAlive.
Can I add it to all syrup fed?
For best results, we recommend adding HiveAlive to all syrup fed as long as it is added at a rate of 2 tsp of HiveAlive per gallon of syrup. We recommend feeding a minimum of 1 gallon/4L of activated syrup per hive (10ml of HiveAlive) in autumn and again in spring.
Can I feed it to nucs/packages?
Yes it is a good idea to give new nucs/packages syrup activated with HiveAlive to help increase populations and improve intestinal well-being.
Can HiveAlive be added to fondant/candy?
Can HiveAlive be added to protein patties?
Yes HiveAlive can be added to enhance your protein patties. Add 10ml per kg of patty. Have you heard about our HiveAlive protein patties? They contain the correct amount of HiveAlive as well as added seaweed nutrients. These patties contain 15% pollen.
What happens if I add too much HiveAlive to the syrup and give it to my colonies?
If you add too much HiveAlive to your syrup by accident, don’t worry, the bees should not consume the syrup due to high concentration of thyme oil. However, you should remove the feeders if possible and dilute the mixture with more syrup in order to get the right concentration.
Can HiveAlive be used with Honey B Healthy?
HiveAlive contains an optimal concentration of lemongrass that is attractive to honeybees but does not induce robbing. As HoneyB Healthy also contains lemongrass, we do not recommend feeding both as robbing may occur.
Can HiveAlive be used with varroa treatments?
Yes. In fact, if using thymol based miticides such as ApilifeVar, it may be useful to feed HiveAlive 1-2 weeks before administering the miticide as it may reduce bearding/absconding.
Can HiveAlive be sprayed onto bees?
Yes. HiveAlive can be added to a light sugar syrup at a max concentration of 1:100 for spraying onto bees and frames. You should only lightly cover bees to avoid drowning them. We recommend doing this once per week for three weeks to cover full brood cycle.
My bees are not taking down the syrup with HiveAlive added, what is wrong?
Make sure you have used the correct concentration of HiveAlive for syrup feeding. You should add 2 tsp of HiveAlive per gallon of syrup. If correct amounts used, there may be nectar available for the bees. Bees will favour nectar over syrup if available.
There are a lot of feed supplements on the market, why should I pick HiveAlive?
Unlike a lot of the other products on the market, HiveAlive has been extensively tested in field trials to demonstrate the benefits of feeding. These tests have been carried out by independent researchers and the results are published in scientific journals. In addition, all of the ingredients and manufacturing process are fully audited and adhere to strict regulations.
HiveAlive is quite concentrated and only 2 tsp of HiveAlive is required per 1 gallon of syrup. This means excellent value for money and the cost to treat one hive can be as low as $1 depending on the bottle size used.
How long will syrup keep for when HiveAlive is added?
HiveAlive prevents syrup from fermenting for around 5 months. If you have made up too much syrup you can store it until you need it again if HiveAlive has been added.
Why are there some dead bees in the feeder when I feed HiveAlive?
Because the HiveAlive syrup is so attractive to the bees, that in their rush to get to the HiveAlive syrup they end up pushing other bees into the syrup and drowning them. Most of the time this doesn’t happen and it seems to depend on how hungry the bees are and the type of feeder used. You can minimise the drowning by helping the bees hold onto the feeder better by sandpapering the sides of the feeder that the bees are on. What also helps is putting some sort of grid or mesh at the bottom of the feeder to prevent the bees from downing in the syrup.
Does HiveAlive have an expiry date?
The expiry date for the HiveAlive supplement is two years from date of manufacture. The date is printed on the bottle. The expiry date of the HiveAlive fondant is also 2 years from date of manufacture. For the HiveAlive pollen patties. best results are seen if used within 6 months of manufacture.
Where should I store HiveAlive?
HiveAlive should be stored in a cool, dark place. Do not store below 8°C/46°F.
Is HiveAlive a medicine?
No HiveAlive is a feed supplement for honeybees.
What’s in HiveAlive?
HiveAlive is mainly composed of a blend of seaweed extracts that were specifically selected for honeybee health. The seaweed extracts are blended with lemongrass and thyme oil in an easy to use liquid form.
Are all the ingredients used in HiveAlive approved for animal feeds?
Yes all the ingredients in HiveAlive are compliant with EU and FDA regulations meaning you have a quality product that is safe for use.
Are there any GMO ingredients in HiveAlive?
No there are no GMO ingredients in HiveAlive or harsh chemicals. All the ingredients are naturally derived and approved for feeding to honeybees.
Where can I buy HiveAlive?
HiveAlive is available in over 30 countries worldwide. Check our Where to buy page to find your nearest retailer. If you are a retailer interested in stocking HiveAlive, contact us to learn more about selling HiveAlive.
Which bottle size is suitable for me?
HiveAlive is available in 100ml, 500ml and 2L bottles. 10L bottles are available in some countries, check with your nearest retailer for availability.
100ml will activate 10.5 gallons of syrup which is enough to feed 10 hives.
500ml will activate 52.8 gallons of syrup which is enough to feed 50 hives.
2L will activate 211 gallons of syrup which is enough to feed 200 hives.
10L will activate 1057 gallons of syrup which is enough to feed 1000 hives.
Why should I buy HiveAlive?
You should use HiveAlive if you…
- Want to increase colony size
- Want to increase honey yields
- Have weak hives
- Are worried that your hives might not survive the winter
- Want to boost colony production in spring
- Have nosema
- Have chalkbrood
- Want to build up nucs, packages and swarns
- Want to feed colonies with a safe, naturally derived feed supplemenet
- Want to strengthen hives before migration (migratory hives in the US have higher levels of Nosema than stationary hives )
- Have syrup that you want to store (HiveAlive prevents syrup fermentation)
- Want to feed for longer (longer feeding window as syrup does not ferment)
- Want to save time and money