Beekeeping: How To Make Sugar Boards For Honey Bees




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BSun8160: HMF levels of this bee food are too high because of high temperature. I believe that it is toxic for bees (CCD..etc) and bad for your honey quality.

TheKarver79: Thank you for this video I made a candy board following your instructions and it worked perfectly.

rest mandf: song??

divinerakimocala: Interesting song choice

AnOldeSoul Soul: I was watching another video, and he had put a paper towel soaked in Menthol oil on top with the candy....would adding the Menthol or Mint oil to the candy when you pour it work?

k123332: what are sugar boards for?

kastnmagic: ANSWER: NEVER use beet sugar w/bees.. ALWAYS use pure cane sugar...

KandDs Bees: @ferretzrus If you're worried about pieces of the candy board falling out and squishing the bees you can place a queen excluder or wood lathe between the top of the hive and the candy board. Thanks for your watching & questions!

kastnmagic: The size of the candy board is the same dimensions as your super... Height would be 2.5" - 3"

KandDs Bees: @DamiettadCarnivalle It Should, we have never tried it. You wouldn't want to add too much and make the bees not want to stay there! haha Those mint oils only take a few drops and it's VERY minty.

Edesfarkas: I do something very similar but I use a solid bottomed frame with a 30-40mm hole in it. I plug the hole with a tapered peg when pouring in the candy. Once set I remove the peg. Bees feed by coming up through the hole to access the candy. Seems to work well.

KandDs Bees: Сахар платы дополнительную пищу для конца зимы и ранней весной. Мы сделали это для аварийного источника питания, если выводок ест во всех магазинах мед и нектар не доступен.

SoMDBeekeeper: a.k.a. Candy Boards. By the way, I have never lost a hive overwintering that has had a candy/sugar board on it. I encase a pollen patty inside the candy so the bees get to it right on time for brood rearing in late February. The hive then explodes in population before the bloom starts and plenty of field bees are ready at the right time.

KandDs Bees: They ensure the bees have food in the late winter months. If your cluster of bees works it's way up the hive really fast and hit the top of the box and have no honey stores, they will most likely die. Putting a sugar board on top of the hive gives us some insurance that they'll have plenty to eat.

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agentc0re: Here's how i make the sugar boards or what they're called in this video is sugar cakes. watch?v=JD-dwW7ryAA :D

auroraglacialis: Isnt that sugar candy a lot too hard for the bees to take up in the winter? I mean compared to honey? I was told that even sugar dough that is commonly used to feed bees if they had not enough honey in the winter is too dry. They will need a lot of water to take up the sugar and in winter they cannot get so much water as it is too cold for them to fly out and get water.

minnesotahillbilly1: here may be a dumb question,does it matter if it is cane sugar or beet sugar where i live(minnesota) i can get beet sugar cheaper just wondering great video btw thanks in advance

David Smith II: Just tried, and failed miserably. Goy a new candy thermometer, and the mixture quit boiling and seemed to get drier at 220 degrees. I dont know if the thermometer is accurate, but I think I cooked the heck out of it...or not long enough. I hurried to my board to transfer, but I ended up with a crumbly mess. It wont go to waste, I'll put it on top of some newspaper on the frames. Any idea where I f!@#ed up? (I don't do fudge very well either) Really enjoyed the video. Thank you!

Ace5948: You have some great info that I have been looking for. I have couple questions what size is the sugar board length and width and how deep is it and what materials are they made from? Thanks for all the info.

KandDs Bees: So far we've had our bees eat an entire board out (20lbs per sugar lid). Last year was light and they had enough honey they didn't need them. Since you can't predict mother nature, we put them on regardless. If you think about it, the bees to put off moisture in the winter time, which travels up and will form condensation if you don't have adequate ventilation. I suppose they use some of that moisture to soften the sugar. But to answer your question, no, it is not too hard.

leapheng ath: What song is that ?

KandDs Bees: We made our boards. The boards are the same width and length of a standard super and about 3 inches in height.

David Coffin: cold weather ha ha ,,bees go dorement at 34 or 54 degess,, cant remember which,,

KandDs Bees: This can be touchy at times. Towards the end of our mix when we were adding our last few cups it seemed like it was getting dry. We continued to stir constantly and it thinned down. When we gradually added sugar it was in smaller increments towards the end (1/4 cup) to ensure even texture. Thank you for watching and the comment! Let us know if you have better luck!

LiLith Weatherwax: If you would flavour the sugar with essential oils, mint, thyme and lemon, could it not also work as a prevention against the mites?

KandDs Bees: @ferretzrus (the way we produce the lids) they solidify and we place them 'upside down' so the candy area is open from the bottom. The outer cover will rest ontop of the candy lid box. We place the inner cover between the candy lid and the outer cover. We are in Nebraska, so typically late October and November is a good time for us when we winterize the hive.

Jade Pendergast: So they're like bee birdfeeders?

KandDs Bees: We make these for the bees for late winter. This gives us "insurance" that if the bees work up the hive too fast and use up their honey stores, they will still have food. Bees typically die in late winter early spring because they run out of their honey stores and it's still too cold out for flowers. Putting these sugar lids on gives them extra food until spring time hits.

CanYouBelieveThat: Where do you get the candy frames from?

magprob: Mountain Camp method, newspaper then dry sugar, will turn into a candy board during winter, by absorbing excess moisture from the cluster. Kill two boards with one stone. Time spent cooking, could be spent playing. But then I do have a lazy streak.

StrawberyBubbleCakes: i just would like to know why you would make "sugar boards" for bees?

Tom L: Nah, I wouldn't say that because it's not meant to attract wild honey bees. I'd say it's more like the water bottle in a hamster cage, they'll eat it when they need it.

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