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Make a candy board for overwintering honey bees

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Uploaded on Nov 13, 2010

This video shows how to make a candy board for overwintering bees and we also discuss the many additional benefits of a candy board, including absorbing condensation, allowing moisture to escape (as well as an upper entrance should the bottom become blocked), and additional food stores in the event the honey stores are depleted. The vinegar is just a mold inhibitor. I forgot to use it last year and had no problem. You mix it with the water before adding to the sugar.

UPDATE: We have since stopped adding pollen of any kind to the candy board. We determined we do not want to prematurely stimulate the queen to begin brood-rearing too early in the season. Doing so puts the cluster in danger should another cold-snap come along. Leave out the pollen... as it can be added into the void the bees make in the sugar when danger of frost is done.

See the bottom of this page for the recipe: http://www.indianahoney.org/Resources... or search 'candy board' once on our website.

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