Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

Feeding sugar to bees
Sometimes bees need a helping hand with their stores. We make sugar syrup and give it to them in feeders. Some important points:
Sugar Ready Reckoner
If you have more than one hive and you are doing the rounds with syrup, you will want to calculate how much syrup to make; otherwise you end up running short or carrying some home. This simple ready reckoner will help you to estimate how much sugar you need to fill your feeders.

Select your units of measurement:
Metric - grams and litres
Imperial - oz and pints

Select the syrup strength:
(Tip: hover over each option for an explanation)
Thick - late summer feed
Medium - during active season
Thin - stimulative
  • Enter the number of each type of feeder that you will be filling
  • Tip - click the small question mark beside any feeder to see an image and a description
  • Click the 'CALCULATE' button. The results will be shown at the bottom of this page
  • The results should be regarded as a guideline
  • Please click on the 'Contact us' link below if you can suggest improvements to the arithmetic. We appreciate feedback
Nuc, 500ml
Contact, 2 pint
Nuc, 1.5 litre
Frame, 2L
Contact, 4 pint
Rapid, 4 pint
English, 4L
Contact, 1 gallon
English , 6L
Ashforth, 2 gallon
Miller, 2 gallon