Fondant and Matchsticks: Bee Hive Winter Preparations
Tub with fondant sitting on crown board.
This blog takes the reader through using Ambrosia fondant as a winter feed. The blog briefly looks at ventilation with matchsticks.
1. The weather has started to get cold. I have stopped feeding the bees syrup because as the weather is cold their access to water will be diminished and syrup would be hard for them to digest.
I am using fondant to feed the bees, its brand name is ‘Ambrosia’. This is a type of sugar substance which is like a hard gel. Bee can digest this without too much need for water.
2. A tub or casket from Chinese fast-food (takeaway) is used to hold the fondant.
3. The fondant package is made from think plastic and needs opening with scissors.
4. I cut a rectangle in the packaging so I can cut the fondant to size.
5. The tub is used as template to cut fondant.
6. A large knife is used to slice the fondant to the dimensions of the tub.
7. The fondant pressed into the tub. It sticks to the bottom of the tub.
8. The tub with the fondant inside it can be turned upside-down.
9. The fondant placed in a plastic bag to keep it clean.
10. Tub with fondant sits on crown board and there is bee space between the tub and the fondant.
11. Tub with fondant sitting on crown board.
12. Matchsticks have been placed on eke to lift crown board. This gives ventilation. Condensation is more of a threat to bees over the winter than the cold.