Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How did you start your day! feb. 25th

hmmm not overly impressed with the bee candy either. still alot of drippage down to the bottom sheets i inserted on top of the screened bottom boards. i can definetly recommend just not bothering with supplemental winter feedings except in emergency (your bees are very light on their own stored honey). i am posting a pic of the type of poster board i found at our dollar tree store that i just cut in two, trimmed up and slid into the hives. you can see the before of how they look and then the after, of those i took out today and replaced with clean. there is some darker streaks which is the sticky candy spillage. when i made the candy i only used two with the hives and have kept the third out in the kitchen so i could see how it did over time. i had noticed that there was a bit of pooled syrup at the sides of it recently, and since yesterday was in the 40's i went and pulled mine out a bit to check them. noticed they were pretty sticky so figured the ones in the hives had done the same as the ones in the house. so this morning, cut new posterboards and replaced them. it is suppose to be warm enough today the bees should fly. when i changed out the yellow hives posterboard a guard bee did come out, so hopefully all is well there. nobody from the pink hive came out, so of course, i am on pins and needles hoping that the candy didn't melt directly on the cluster and kill them by gluing them to each other! hopefully i am just being my usual worry wort self. will keep you posted! big morning hugs to all who visit comfrey cottages!

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