Hard candy or fondant
Bees love the taste of hard candy, so you can use it to feed them this winter. It is better for the bees, because it won’t mold and won’t get soggy. Some products even include protein to help keep the bees healthy and strong. Hard candy is also easier to handle.
To make hard candy, mix together 5 pounds of granulated sugar and a quart of water. Continue to stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture reaches the hard ball candy stage (250-265 degrees Fahrenheit). You can then pour the mixture into molds or onto cookie sheets lined with wax paper. Once the candy has hardened, you can store it in an airtight container or freezer.
Sugar syrup is another popular option for feeding the bees in the Winter. However, this substance may freeze and kill the bees. So it’s best to switch to hard candy if the temperature drops below 50 degrees. This is the preferred method for feeding overwintering bees.
When preparing Honey-B-Healthy syrup for beehive winter feeding, it is important to follow a few guidelines. Ideally, the syrup should be diluted in one part water to one part sugar and then drained onto the bees. The syrup can be prepared and placed on the frames, as well as in the top box of the hive.
Honey-B-Healthy is a food stimulant that can be used as a syrup, drench, or spray solution for bees. It helps to reduce the occurrence of fights during swarms or nucs and encourages bees to draw out the foundation. The syrup is non-GMO and can be used in conjunction with the foundation or packages. The syrup is an inexpensive and effective way to maintain a healthy colony.
Beekeepers use entrance reducers during the winter season to help their colonies regulate their temperature. This is important for two reasons. First, entrance reducers keep weather out, which helps protect young bees from freezing. Second, entrance reducers help protect the hive from predators such as wasps, robber bees, and other pests.
In winter, bees need to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the winter. As a result, they bring water into the hive to keep it cool. Without proper air circulation, the hive can get overheated and start to develop mold, which will affect the brood and comb.
Another reason to use entrance reducers is to catch swarms. A colony that is strong enough to open its entrance reducers will be less likely to be targeted by robber bees. Also, the reduced entrance will make the entrance more difficult for them to navigate, which is beneficial for the hive’s health and longevity.
Pollen patties are a great way to provide a natural source of protein for your bees. They can be placed inside the hive just inside the inner cover. Place them near the brood nest for nurse bees to have direct access to protein. The patties can also be placed on top bars in the upper part of the hive.
Pollen patties are a great way to provide your bee colony with more food during the winter months. Using these patties will encourage your bees to lay more eggs and produce more royal jelly, a substance that is important for young bee larvae. The patties also provide the worker bees with extra energy to build comb.