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New Bee

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:43 pm    Post subject: Feeding fondant Reply with quote

I haven't taken honey from the colony in our TBH this year but I need to ensure that the bees have food. I'm going to use fondant but where to put it in the TBH? There is a small space between the lid and the topside of the top bars but not sure if the bees will find it there. I've put some wood shavings in this space too to help insulate the hive. There is a gap at the bottom of each of the follower boards and lots of dead bees on the metal grille. I've thought about putting the fondant on the grille (after removing the dead bees), in some kind of plastic tray. Any thoughts please?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 9:24 am    Post subject: Fondant Reply with quote

I'm trying home made wire 'basket' a little like the square suet bird feeders, then threading thin wire through top and up through a top bar and letting it hang free as the next 'comb' along
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best place for fondant is above the bees; the next best place is beside them; the worst place is on the floor.

It is an easy matter to drill three 12-15mm holes near the middle of a plain top bar and to place it close to where bees are clustering. To find this position, put your bare hand under the insulation on top of your bars and feel for a warm spot: that is above the cluster.

You can also put fondant on a shelf inside the enclosed area of the hive, by moving/removing empty combs and adding 2-3 empties above the shelf.

The floor is the worst place because bees will be unable to reach it in cold weather.
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