Putting on winter feed

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Well, my fondant turned out more like hard crack candy, but I’ve heard of beekeepers using this same type of feed in their “candy boards,” so I simply took my hard candy winter feed and placed the pieces over the top bars of my three hives, which gave each hive about 3 lbs. of candy.  To my amazement, the bees immediately went to work on it.  I plan to check on them in about a month to see if they need replenished.  The hive in the photos has the candy laying directly on top of the frames, but in my other two hives, I used some shim style feeders that I made last year.  I think the shim feeder is the better option for winter feeding.  I will grab photos of them next time.  I was trying to be quick today.  It was about 60 degrees when I was in the bee yard, but the wind was blowing so I kept the photo shoot to a bare minimum.

I also made tar paper covers for all three hives for winter, but I forgot to take a photo.  Maybe next trip.  Stay tuned and join with my in hoping and praying that my hives all survive this winter.