So, I have been getting my hives ready for winter. When I bought all of this sugar, at Aldi's, cheapest place I could find it, the guy in line behind me said, "are you trying to turn into a diabetic or something." I said, "yeah....that I just love me some sugar."
So, I read two sugar cake recipes for feeding your bees in the winter. In the past, they have always had enough honey to last them through the winter, and if I wasn't sure I would buy a candy board from a beekeeper. But I didn't want to pay the price for 9 hives, and I decided I could 'you tube' a recipe, so I did! One was 15 pounds of sugar a hive, and one was five. I went with the five pound per hive recipe. I have nine hives. That's 45 pounds of sugar just for the candy boards and these are 4 pound bags.
I decided before I made nine of these recipes I was going to test them out first. The bees loved it! WOOHOO!!!
So, I took styrofoam insulation and cut it the size of each hive. I wrapped it with a feed sack, put it in the top of the hive. Put the sugar cakes under the wrapped insulation, but on top of the frames. Easy access for the bees. Then I wrapped the entire thing in saran wrap. I've never insulated inside the hive before. It was my beekeeper friends idea and I decided why not.
In the meantime, every day it's above 50 degrees and sunny outside, I make them some sugar water to drink.
I have been working very hard trying to get my bees ready for winter this year. I hope we do not have a winter like last year. But if we do, I know my bees will not starve to death. I hope they don't freeze to death. Time will tell. Keep your fingers crossed.