This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Winter Patties

We are now carrying Winter Patties. A winter patty is the same size as a pollen patty.
Two Winter Patties

The patties contains mostly sugar and a small amount of High Fructose Corn Syrup and Bee Pro pollen substitute. The patties will not stimulate brood rearing.
They are for emergency feeding or to help prevent late season starvation.
 Patties are placed on the top bars of the top box after the bees are clustered in the lower box. Clustering in the lower box usually happens when the daily temperatures are in the 30's. At that point the bees won't eat the sugar patties too early.
Single patties can fit under the inner cover. If more patties are needed, a shim is required to raise the roof slightly to accommodate the increased height. The extra height would require a slight hole relocation on a winter cover if there is one already in the cover. Patties can be stacked on top of each other.
 I would check the hives around the first of February to see if the bees are eating them and add more if needed.
Winter patties cost $2.50 each, 10 lbs $20.00, 40 lbs $60.00