But hard sugar requires moisture to be deposited on its surface in order for the bees to eat it. Rusty, If they are dependent on it because they are short of honey, letting it go empty can result in a dead colony. So the next year I made it into a winter feeding board using 1″x1″ scrap wood. . with the Q excluder…I have been asked if the Q will get separated from the cluster during the winter…My personal experience is no they didn’t last year anyway….Any thoughts on this….. No, the workers will not abandon the queen and the brood. But if they need it, large numbers of retriever bees will go up into the sugar board, take what they need, and ferry the food down to the queen and the brood nest. Do you thnk it would be ok to put a diluted essential oil mixture in/on the candy board mix to help prevent Nosema, etc? 😀 –sarah. I’m a newbee, have a long hive, using Vivaldi feeders. Your comments made me realize that while all year I have been taking care of the hives the same way during each inspection, they are different colonies with different needs. Of course it will work, unless I suppose if the moisture builds up in the sugar mix to the point where it breaks up and falls through the excluder. I love this method, plus it’s easy. I’ve been using this system for years. You do not need an upper entrance; they are an option. Through rigorous testing and careful handling, we ensure every bottle of Nature Nate's honey is the highest quality from the inside out: no additives, no preservatives, never pasteurized, pollens intact, crafted for exceptional taste, and no sticky bottles. Do both the candy board and the quilt, can’t hurt, but definitely works to control condensation and more importantly gives them food whenever they need it. This shim has the added benefit of providing some space between the candy board and the brood frames, in case the candy board sags in the middle. Watch XXXPAWN - Thick Babe Nina Kayy Makes That Pawn Shop Money, Honey! Instead of a queen excluder, I screen in the bottom with chicken wire. So that may mean directly above the brood boxes (if you don’t have honey supers) or directly above the honey supers if you do have them. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly, and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly, and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. The “retriever bees” go out, collect the food, and bring it down to the cluster where it is shared via trophyllaxis. It also absorbs moisture from the cover. You need to drive the water out to get fondant. The candy boards are made from baggie feeder rims (or mountain camp rims) that are about three inches deep, and a plastic queen excluder, the kind that many people don’t like. I am sure the bees don’t care either way, but I think I will probably revert to the hard candy method as rigidity of the block matters to me as far as placing it down on the frames and removing it when I need to examine frames in a hurry. Today it was warm enough for the bees to fly (crazy Ohio weather) and I saw them coming out of the hive with sugar crystals and returning with none. Thanks again to Rusty for sharing this method!!! Very timely post and instructive photos. 1. No money or honey: Jane De Leon recalls hardship before getting 'Darna' Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - February 11, 2021 - 11:03am . Do you agree with that? Tracking all your expenses is just a really good habit, that nobody taught us when we were kids. Looks good, Rusty. I have feeding shims on my hives but they do not have the entrance hole. Hive is heavy enough that I can’t tip the back. Hi Rusty or anyone else that has used this no cook candy board. Some of your posts indicate candy on top of brood chamber. Air can’t flow in because it’s flowing out. If they run out of honey you will be glad you used the boards. Excellent idea and design!! Great instructions. Today and yesterday I noticed crumbs of the candy board at the entrance of both hives. Thank you for the quick reply. FYI i am in NW MT where the temps are already dipping…..snow expected tomorrow, teens the next day, etc….. in case that makes a difference :} It is Zone 5 here….. 1. does it matter how deep your candy board is as in can a person have TOO MUCH candy, (too thick) in the hive? That’s really the only difference. Thanks for all the info for overwintering. Thanks so much Rusty…just saw your post now! The biggest danger with having the colony get too big is they eat a lot. I have no results to report, no findings to share. . The shim and candy board go on top of the highest box. Here, where we have so much spring rain, it is often hard for the bees to get out and forage for early pollen. Because of all the differences, things that work well in one place do not work well in another. .burrr. I have a shim board that’s about an inch tall that provides room for the sugar to be placed below the inner cover. Lots of types of nectar have high levels of sucrose, and honey bees have no issue with this, inverting it without knowing it. I used a rope/twine cord stapled there last year but it was a disaster…… any suggestions?? .”. I am so enthusiastic about the uncooked candy board setup using the plastic queen excluder as the bottom of an eke which is placed above the top brood box. Do you have a bakery nearby? Does this mean they really need the sugar or could it be that the cluster is so large that it simply extends into the empty center of the candy board. When their honey is gone, they will eat the sugar that dissolves on the surface. Thank you. I’m going to do it. I will end on a plus --- the pistachios are shelled, so there is no waste from the shells or the inevitable uncrackable nuts always found i shelled pistachios. While unnecessary for the sake of the bees, adding acid can help to prevent crystallization of syrup. Once the feeder rims were assembled, I nailed the plastic excluder onto the bottom of the rim, adding what I thought was a reasonable number of nails along all four sides. For the bees—should they want an upper entrance—I simply placed an Imirie shim below the candy board. I have learned so much already from your patient generosity of sharing your experience and knowledge. So I figure, added to other colony stresses in winter, it just isn’t worth it. The design of top-bar hives varies tremendously. You can enter transactions on the go with the mobile web-app (PWA): Hello, my name is Ildar , I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada . What would you do? Was that a special case due to the lack of forage that year due to the drought? It is used in cooking for just this purpose. This way is so easy to remove, you just pick it up and remove it. Perhaps my wording was not delicate, and I apologize for that. Ramsey, America's trusted voice on money, is a National best-selling author and radio host. You can add it any time. Your choice. Quick question. Yes, it’s been way too warm. Could robbers get through the imirie shim opening and steal the candy? I’m not questioning the process, just an observation. Maybe next year I’ll get more organized but this should get us thru this winter. That sounds perfect, quick and easy. I didn’t fill the 2″ space completely so still have room to add some less compressed blocks. Last fall all my hives were short going into winter because of the long drought, so they needed lots of feed. All rights reserved Honey Bee Suite © 2009-2021 by Rusty Burlew. If the non-cooked candy didn’t fall out, doing this would serve both to support the quilt box above, and woulld eliminate the 2-3″ space that would otherwise be between the excluder and the quilt box, which the bees might feel the need to “fill”. But it was important to me to have a free choice patty—free choice meaning the bees can eat it if they want to, but they are not forced to eat it. Carefully crafted to give you a lot, but not too much, Plan your regular transactions and then only confirm them with actual amounts, Enter unplanned transactions with a simple click on a day, No need to enter transactions individually, combine related, Enter amount and description at the same time, Categories will be used for reports and charts, Track progress towards your financial goals. I used about 1/4 more water than you suggested, and also tamped them down with quite a bit of force. At my beginner bee class last spring, the instructor advised not to give pollen patties after September in order to not encourage egg laying going into the winter. I usually throw any leftovers in a 5-gallon bucket and use it for sugar syrup or for candy boards the following year. The quilt is designed to dry out, but the newspaper won’t. The feeder rims I used are plenty deep, and I think they could hold 25 pounds, depending on what you need in your area. Hi Rusty, I’m getting ready to add extra insulation to the hives and want to drop more candy into the mountain rim feeder while I’m at it. I've been running it for 8 years now. Within a couple of hours I had the same problems as Aram – “craps” thru the middle and lots of brittle crumbles. rusty@honeybeesuite.com, I put “candy boards” of the no-cook sort on all my hives around 1 Oct, each containing about 10 pounds. Now thinking of switching wrapping plans from Tyvek to black felt since advantage of adding some heat gain on sunny days may trump small difference in wind resistance. Learn how your comment data is processed. Also, ever since I began beekeeping, I’ve noticed the bees will eat sugar cakes in preference to honey. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I believe in the comments you said you put this no-cook-candy-board on in November. The next thing I did was prepare the pollen supplement. Question three is hard to answer and is more complicated than just looking at the calendar. Only your other posts say the recommended is after the solstice, I’m wondering the impact the pollen patties would be having if you put them on in November, or will the bees just use them when they want to in spring because as you said it is a ‘free choice patty’. It’s totally normal. I will give it some further thought. Surround it with a box and add a lid. And yes, they will leave honey in place in order to go up and get the sugar. If the pollen is mixed uniformly into the candy, the bees are more or less compelled to eat it even if they don’t want to. Moisture Quilt However, our days were still in the 50s, and it does appear that one of the weakened hives got attacked by wasps. But you can always try it and see what happens, and then let us know if it worked. Being near the lake limits my bees forage and they did not create a honey super although they have lots of honey within the brood boxes. Its purpose it to discuss contemporary issues in beekeeping and bee science. C&H Professional BAKER’S SUGAR Ultrafine 4lb (5 Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IEXP2CG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_TxGvCbNR1Z1KY. I think most of my colonies should get by on their own honey stores anyway, but the candy board is an insurance policy of sorts and not designed to replace all their food. I am new, took over 3 hives from a retiring beekeeper a couple months ago. Even if the bees don’t need them, at least the food is available. For 8 pounds of sugar I used 12 tables of warm water. It is non-discriminatory, encompassing both honey bees and wild bees. I put candy boards on in November. Thank you! I created a candy board setup for each of them an am convinced it will bring them through the winter. I can always just place a pollen patty on top of the sugar later in the year. Down here I get it at Cash ‘n Carry, which is a restaurant supply store. I understand now. That first year and every year afterwards, my overwintering improved by leaps and bounds. I’m in north central Texas. https://www.honeybeesuite.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Cals-candyboards-Edit.jpeg. Even the bag is gone. As first-year keepers, we are planning to make these for our five hives. As I explain in other parts of this site, my job is not to tell a beekeeper “you should do it this way.” My job is to offer alternatives, to describe ways that some people found helpful, and when I know the science behind something, I try to explain it. I also made your moisture quilt, also great! A source of moisture is needed for bees to eat hard sugar, but there is plenty of moisture in the hive for this. The only way they can get to it is to go through the excluder, and they do. You can see this with an infrared camera. This is what dissolves the candy enough for them to eat it. I have never seen or heard of a problem. Already have those on. Finally, could fondant be used as an alternative to liquid feed in the fall? Also you mentioned in the same comment you would normally put on a bag of sugar in February/March if they had enough to get through winter. Calendar is the Best Way to … However, the hole in the middle of my candy board is about 14 inches by 4 inches, way bigger than a 3-inch circle, and it keeps getting bigger as the bees eat from it. Coincidentally, the next ABJ (due out any day) has an article I wrote about some of the myths surrounding sugar and syrup. Is fondant necessarily made by boiling sugar? Enough for bee space? HoneyMoney is not about escaping from living "Paycheck-To-Paycheck". If it’s cold enough to require a candy board, it’s too cold for robbers to fly. In any case, the bees basically stay clustered in the broodnest throughout the winter. Also (I appreciate your patience!) I think I remember reading on your site, possibly in the comments to one of your posts, that you were switching to the “Mountain Camp” dry sugar style of feeding. I have a gable roof over the bars which gives me plenty of space for feed. This “carting away” is the reason that many beekeepers wait until cold weather before installing the boards, usually near the winter solstice. You can use it on tens of thousands of websites, including … It seems people say to use wintergreen during the winter, but I see that many beekeepers make their candyboards/sugar blocks and provide pollen patties. ? Went to the hive, flipped it over and realized that is it brittle. In my climate a 4# bag of sugar is plenty. My third has lost quite a few bees in the last month relative to the other two (probably varroa related as you write elsewhere). Thanks for the post, I will share it on my Facebook pages and groups. Every candy board design I saw had a hole somewhere, either for an upper entrance or ventilation or both. Overnight they solidified just as you describe, and the bricks were easy to quickly slip in place (the sugar muffins are in storage for later). They work so well they feel like magic. I love your work. Moisture is absorbed, and syrup forms both on the surface and deeper in the cake, flowing out thru gaps between sugar crystals. Would it be better if the entrance were above the feeder so there is no draft across the bottom of the feeder? For several years I’ve been looking for a way to combine a moisture quilt with a candy board. Capital One Shopping is a free browser extension that saves you money automatically Capital One Shopping is a free browser extension that locates and tries out promo codes, looks for lower prices on the items you’re viewing, and alerts you whenever there’s a better deal available from another retailer. I also read that you don’t want anything solid between the brood food and the quilt box. I used metal queen excluders and detected no sagging. Most recommended tiny holes that I thought wouldn’t do much good, and most had to be shielded from the candy that might block them. If the bees don’t need sugar, they usually stay down in the brood boxes. Quite a good observation. Save your money -- do not buy these far-from-wonderful "honey roasted pistachios." See “The minimalist guide to winter feeding.”. They’ll make 16. My instincts are telling me to place my shim and candy board under the quilt box now. I was wondering if the winter bees would have a problem getting through the queen excluder. In the warmer months, that is probably not the case. 😀 Anyway, have a couple questions about the candy board…. The appearance of a partially consumed cake/brick confirms this, as we see fissures extending into the depth of the cake (like a glacier melting). One thing I did find is don’t place them on a weak hive that is low on food to early, it will start a robbing frenzy, so I wait until the cold settles in for the season ( Northern Ohio). I always try to leave enough honey on for them to make it through the winter, then I add the candy board “just in case.” Usually, they end up eating all of it, but not always. This, in conjunction with Rusty’s moisture quilt (see link below), the bees will stay dry and fed all winter long. Going into winter with high viral loads and compromised populations, may require that we pay more attention to providing food sources that won’t compound the problem. I have a small colony, an August swarm…she’s a good queen and I concluded the bees were so few they wouldn’t have added much to my other two strong hives, so I decided to try and keep them going. Not at first, but as time goes by. But here’s my advice: if you don’t like the idea, don’t do it. And all the people who want to become ones. Of course, not. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Some of the moisture will condense on the underside of the candy board, which is a good thing because moisture on the surface of the hard candy allows the bees to consume it with ease. What I do depends on what I find. Since my no-cook candy board will have ventilation through the center, and my quilt has ventilation ports, there is plenty of opportunity for air flow. I use the plastic excluders because they lay flat. No pressing, wetting, waiting. If you want to send a photo to go with this, email it do me. When I lifted the moisture quilt to my surprise it looked like a large part of the cluster was above the candy board queen excluder and large part was most likely below it. THANK YOU SO MUCH RUSTY!!!! The major difference in the types of feed is how much water you drive out. If you have a bad feeling about excluders, don’t use them. I placed ten pounds of baker’s sugar in a pot and added 10 tablespoons of water. Once I put insulation under my cover, I’ve not had condensation in the hive. You are my go-to for all things bees and i know they are even more thankful than i am, which is saying you’ve sure saved a LOT of bees with your shared knowledge!! The system runs a simulation based on your planned expenses and transfers to Funds and Goals. Last winter in Portland OR the temps were very mild. Or is the quilt there to capture the moisture that makes it through the cleared area which will grow if the bees eat up the sugar? Has that changed with this new method of no-cook-sugar/candy-boards with ‘free choice’ patties, only February is a while past the solstice. I’ve been wondering how your waterfront bees were doing. I have a southern package of Italians in four mediums with two full mediums of capped honey (approx. Using hardware cloth with very small spacing (basically what you would find in a screen window) for the moisture quilts. Then, if they store it, they need to drive that water back out again. The first reason is that cooking sugar syrup is both dangerous and boring, a bad combination for me because when I’m bored I don’t pay attention. I’m not sure which aspect you are worried about, but you can relax. . Drive out more and you get fondant. * No need to connect to your online-banking (but you can import your historical data from CSV though). How would you do that without heat? Feeding and caring for brood is what honey bees are all about. Maybe that’s just due to the food mixer 🙂 I’ve tried to mention these ideas to other beeks in my local association but people can be stubborn with keeping to methods used for years with no ‘obvious’ undesirable results. I took one & attached hardware cloth that I shaped to fit the slanted sides. So a section in the corner crumbled all over the place in addition to multiple craps through the middle. In addition, bees tend to move up, not down, in an overwintering hive because the lower portion is the colder portion. It’s not enough to kill a colony, but it may shorten the lives of some bees. How will the bees get through the tiny holes? Lastly, you mentioned that you have holes drilled in your gable roof for ventilation purposes. And, I suppose, /why/ use wintergreen. I suppose bees store fondant, although the whole process seems unnecessary. :} You make me and my bees soooo happy 😀. Before adding the board I did have what looked like a very large population of bees. I currently have your no cook candyboards on my two hives. You said you didn’t follow all the directions, but I don’t think you followed any of them. By next morning the thing was hard as a rock. I really appreciate the science you include backing up these ideas, such as the HMF issue with cooking sugar. Should I use smoke in the winter? I can’t think of any reason hardware cloth wouldn’t work for a candy board, other than the support issue. Worked perfectly. And pinned with plenty of heavy duty staples. Baker’s sugar in small quantities can be expensive, but in the the 50-pound bag, I pay only 2 cents per pound more than regular sugar, which is totally worth it. Secondly, the no-cook candy board could not be flipped over because “upside down” doesn’t work well with uncooked sugar. But that’s it. I’m sure it’s been done. Being fully aware of your money naturally changes how you spend it. I am anxious to employ this technique this winter here in NE Ohio. Bees don’t want to go there. Lots of water makes syrup. I could do 16 hives in an hour. Hate to re purpose my queen excluders as I use them for so much in the spring. I tailored it to my needs, and with time it became a small, but profitable business. But I’ve never tried it and I could be wrong. F or several years I’ve been looking for a way to combine a moisture quilt with a candy board. It only means that I don’t like it. So will get cold (-10 to -15) but usually not for an extended period of time. Winter bees are not bigger, they are the same size. Bombus affinis, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee, has been so honored. Made my planned couple of bricks, plus several muffin cups in parchment papers. Our temps were dropping into the 20s overnight, so I went ahead and made no-cook candy boards and placed them two days ago under their new quilt boxes (which work great!). … Thanks Rusty…. I have a flat lid as well, but my lid sits on top of the legs, so that leaves about 1 1/2″ -2″ space between lid and top bars. I will be using this for next winter. Done. Rusty, I plan to use them again this year for any colonies that need feeding. If I find the nails pull out from the weight of the sugar, I will go back to using screws, but so far, so good. I’m worried that the 3″ hole may not let enough air flow through, but wanted to try it because the Vivaldi board would support the cloth bottom of the quilt box as well as provide room for the sugar pile. I took a picture of the cluster but I don’t think I can add to this post. I use the newspaper only for carrying the sugar boards out to the hives. Thank you for all your information on here, I find it practical and very helpful! No newspaper, no pans, no rolling pins…just a bag of sugar and a knife. If the hives have nearly enough to get through the winter, I would instead add a bag of sugar in February or March. Every time I’ve fed hard candy, I notice they eat it before they eat their own honey. Mixed sugar with water in the Kitchen Aid and added on top. Many other people have noticed bees carrying particles of sugar out of the hive and dumping it like garbage as soon as the weather gets warm. Or do you check throughout the winter and sometimes replace candy boards? They do look bigger than the summer variety. They know instinctively that the continued existence of the colony depends on her. I almost always have to supplement it come spring, with about ten more pounds. You don’t mention where you live, but I think wrapping can be overkill unless you live in a really cold place. If you are going to feed in the fall, syrup is a good idea. I’m letting my girls keep all they collected. * No need to connect to your online-banking (but you can import your historical data from CSV though) HoneyMoney increases your awareness about your money habits. Do you consider this to be a strategy that you’ll continue to use, or do you think there are better options? Looks like a winter to be extra vigilant on monitoring their food so as not to lose any to simple starvation! Every time I go in my top bar, they have propolised the top bars together like Ft. Knox. Your blog and website is a favorite of mine. The candy disappears, but the quilt does not. The shim not only provides an entrance but gives me some extra space for the sag. Last week it was sunny and calm so I decided to check on them to see if any bees were eating the sugar. It also reminded me of really dry snow that barely works for a snow ball. i’ve tried insulation tape to “absorb” the gaps but it doesnt work well at all. Update! Ventilation holes should be as high as possible if you are trying to expel moist air. I was really worried about honey reserves in the hive so I made this no cook candy board. I hope the later works and may provide them with an extra boost. Guess there’s no other option in tbh. Guess that’s because I laid them on floor in hive? You don’t need to worry about drones because there are no drones in the winter. I continue to experiment with timing. I’d already placed the mountain feeders because of cold 20 nights. Warm air from the cluster will move up, keeping the candy board warm and moist, which is what you want. Each time someone visits Honey Bee Suite, his or her location will appear on the map. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. They will simply transport the food from the feeder down to those who need it. Have you heard of anyone else doing this? Good thought . You can track physical places where your money actually is (chequing/saving accounts, credit cards, investment accounts). I used plastic queen excluders as recommended. I’d like to share some advice here that can hopefully spare other new beekeepers the pain I’m going through right now. Some of the warm air will leave thru the entrance but cold air will not be coming in. The other day it was slightly above freezing and the bees didn’t like the top removed so some flew out and of course died, so I used some smoke to simmer them down. Thanks, John. In order for the bees to eat hard candy, moisture from respiration needs to condense on the bricks of sugar. I sometimes think it’s more about the keepers than the bees. Can the no-cook sugar be placed in the hive once you close up for winter or might temperatures get too warm resulting in the candy slumping through the excluder only to fall to the floor? This is my first year, just starting. Tried it last weekend. I don’t see a problem. I have insulation above the sugar board, and under the telescoping outer cover. These are the feeder frames that have a 3″ hole in the center where a plastic tray is placed so you can feed sugar syrup. I want most of the moist air to contact the sugar before it is exhausted out. (Using a 4# bag of sugar) I take sheet cake pans and press the damp sugar into them. Can’t thank you enough for your tutelage and great How To articles in my first year! Generally, with a big healthy colony, your instructor’s advice is okay. I am part of a collective here and was told for ventilation to use popsicle sticks but I am curious about moisture quilts and would like to try it on a couple of my hives. Come spring, most were still HEAVY with honey. In the final stages of getting hives ready for winter and have a few questions regarding no-cook candy board feeder and wrapping hives. You can make them in advance and they stay moist if wrapped in a piece of plastic wrap. If the bees otherwise have access to water is there any reason not to i.e. Just recording a number is not difficult, requires no new skills, and takes only 20 minutes a week. No. and their specific uses, but I am experimenting with your no-cook recipe this weekend as the wildfire smoke does not allow for any outdoor activities. However, no one warned me that this upper entrance would admit mice to the hive. fondant, candy, sugar bricks, etc.) (We don’t need moisture quilts in our area, Northeast Kansas). Remember, the excluders are not meant to exclude queens, but simply to hold the sugar in place. Drive out some and you get slurry. I’d heard of “lazy man’s candy” made of a dampened bag of sugar (still in the bag) left to harden and placed on top of the crown board, but it didn’t seem very accessible to the bees. I will keep you posted. 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