Some ways to feed your bees is with something called a pollen patty.
Pollen patties are a great source of protein for your bees and can generally be purchased online pre-made, or you can make them yourself from a dry powered mix.
If your bees are short on honey, or if you just want to be safe, providing your bees with a simple sugar mix of 1 part water 1 part sugar is a great option, and I highly recommend doing that. Just place the sugar mix outside the hive so the bees can have easy access.
Fondant can also be a great option for winter and early spring when you’ll probably need a higher sugar content feed.
Here’s a quick recipe for fondant:
- 5 cups of water
- 15 pounds of sugar
- 3 cups of Karo light corn syrup. (Try and avoid the stuff with high fructose corn syrup or any fructose. It has been rumored that 1/3 of high fructose corn syrup has a toxic element to bees.)
Bring water to a boil and put in sugar. When all the sugar is dissolved add corn syrup and bring temp up to a soft boil or 252 degrees (F).
When it’s all done just pour the mix into some pie pans, or whatever is convenient and safe.
Once the mixture sets just put the fondant on a sheet of wax paper (or parchment paper) above the bees. Cut a few slots in the paper so the bees can get to the fondant.
And there you have it, your bees should be healthy, happy and no longer hungry!
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