Before starting to create your bee candy board, make sure to cut access holes for your honey bees. You can also add pollen patties and honey to make them more enticing. Putting down paper and insulating the board will also prevent excess moisture from getting inside the boards. Using wax paper to line the candy board will prevent condensation. This method will reduce the risk of excessive moisture on your bee candy board.
Creating access holes for bee candy board
If you are planning to make a bee candy board, you must consider the size and shape of the hive. A candy board is a simple structure that sits on top of the top box of the hive. To make it easy for the bees to access the candy, you can use a wooden shim inside the bottom of the wire. Depending on the style of candy board you are creating, you might not need to include an inner cover.
You can place a block of wood over the 5/8 inch hole in the frame to create an entryway for the bees. The block will help keep the sugar from blocking the opening. Once the block is in place, you should place the sugar around it and smooth it out using a mixing tool. After the sugar is filled half way, push a pollen patty into the sugar mixture. The bees will not fall out of the board when the sugar has cooled down.
Insulation on a Winter-Bee-Kind reduces excessive moisture
The special insulation on a Winter-Bee-Kid Bee Candy Board reduces excessive moisture by absorbing heat from bee metabolism and allowing some to escape through the permanent upper exit. This way, excess moisture is not retained in the inner cover and honeycomb, which makes winter for your bees much less stressful. In addition to its thermal qualities, the candy board also absorbs moisture from the cluster, which allows you to feed your bees earlier and increase the amount of heat in your hive.
The Winter-Bee-Kind Bee Honey Board is placed on top of the hive instead of the inner cover, which means you don’t need to remove the frames. You can easily remove the inner cover in cold weather and simply put on the Winter-Bee-Kind Bee Candy Board. You should place the candy side down, with the vent slot facing the front of the hive. The candy board is a long-standing product that has been used by beekeepers for centuries. Beekeepers used to put candy in hives to keep them warm during the winter.
Putting down paper before putting candy on board
Adding wood blocks to hive frames makes the candy less likely to fall onto the frame. The bees can get through the holes while the wooden blocks provide an entrance and ventilation. In fall, the candy is placed on the hive. It is not necessary to put down the paper before putting bee candy on the board. You can remove the wooden blocks once the candy forms. But if you want your bees to have the access to the entrance and the frames, you should put down paper to prevent them from sagging.
You can also use wax paper before putting the bee candy on the board. It will keep the candy in place, and it helps keep it from leaking. It is a good idea to tape around the edges of the board. You can’t be sure if the sugar candy is thick enough or not – it’s easy to put down a layer of sugar that leaks during installation.
Condensation on bee candy board
Condensation on a bee candy board is a big problem in hives. Bees feed on honey and if they don’t have enough to last them through the winter, the candy board will keep them fed. Bees produce moisture when they are warm and cold outside and moisture collects on the top of the hive. A candy board absorbs the moisture and keeps it from falling onto the cluster below.
The best way to combat this problem is to prevent excess moisture from accumulating on the board. This moisture can be controlled by insulating the board with Winter-Bee-Kind. Bees need sugar in order to survive during winter and a bee candy board will help with this. If you notice that your board is becoming damp, you may need to replace it with a quilting board or newspaper.
Using larger paper plates to make bee candy board
The most common method of making a bee candy board is using larger paper plates. You can gauge the thickness of the candy board by using a paper plate. Then, place the board on top of the hive’s upper box. The bees will move up the candy board once the weather warms up and the natural nectar becomes available. A circular shape will help the patty stay in the center of the hive rather than being scattered around the edges of the box.
Alternatively, you can use the wax paper method. The wax paper helps hold the bee candy in place. Ensure that the wax paper is taped around the sides so that no sugar candy leaks out. Despite how thick the candy is, it may leak. Even if you have taped it well, sugar candy can leak. This is common and is the cause of runaway candy. You can simply put extra sugar candy on top of the hardened candy.
Adding sugar to make bee candy boards is easier than you might think. This food source is much easier to dissolve than candy. Beekeepers should measure the size of their hives before gluing the pieces of wood together. They should be 1 to 2 inches tall. If you’re short on wood, use scraps instead. Bees will love this sweet treat! If you’re not a master woodworker, you can build your sugar board frame from scrap wood.
The next step is to line the frame with newspaper or tissue paper. Then, fill it with the sugar mixture. Make sure that it is evenly spread out. For a video tutorial, you can check out the beekeeping club in North Carolina and Indiana. You can also consult a beekeeping book or find a beekeeping club near you. There’s also an excellent online tutorial by Jason Morgan.