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In conjunction with members of the Allegheny Mountain Beekeepers Association, Cumberland, Md. Honey-B-Healty is working on a way to feed and winter drench bees.

During cold weather especially below 55 F a sugar water drench chills the bees due to the cold and being wet they become chilled therefore not being able to clean themselves and die. Mixing granulated sugar with HBH sugar water into a patty placed over the winter cluster creates somewhat of a dry drench. Also, breaking up the sugar patty mix over the cluster works well allowing small pieces to fall between the frames onto the bees. This will have the similar effect as a wet drench only being dry with little or no harm to the bees.

The heat and moisture from the cluster of bees will rise under the patty therefore warming the patty and disolving a little of the sugar allowing the bees to more rapidly consume the patties see in the photos below.

If you want a more firm patty adding some powdered sugar to the granulated sugar patties helps firm them up.

The patties below are mixed with a teaspoon of Honey-B-Healthy and teaspoon of our new Super Plus in a quart of 1:1 sugar water mixed in dry granulated sugar to make a patty.
If using just Honey-B-Healthy use 2 tsp. in a quart of sugar water. A suggested recipe: 2tsp. Honey-B-Healthy, 1tsp. Amino-B Booster and 1/2tsp. Vitamin B Healthy in quart of sugar water. When making the patties if too wet add more sugar and if too dry add a little more sugar water.

These sugar patties can be used anytime of the year to feed weak, pollen stressed or starving colonies. Honey-B-Healthy, Super Plus, Amino-B Booster& Vitanin B Healthy can be added to sugar patties supplying all the needed carbohydrares, amino acids, vitamins and minerals to raise healthy brood. Creating an artificial diet. Honey-B-Healthy Amino-B Booster Article. - Protein patty information: http://honeybhealthy.com/patty/fpattycomp.html - http://honeybhealthy.com/patty/pattycomp.html - http://honeybhealthy.com/patty/winterpatty.pdf

To feed thicker patties make about a 2 inch extension the size of a super placed on the super top to allow for thicker patties under the inner cover. Or make a candy board using sugar.

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In the north as weather warms during late winter and early spring the bees become more active with the bees usually in the top super; a good way to feed is with a hive top feeder. Bee Smart Designs makes an excellent feeder for year around feeding. Their enclosed feeder will prevent any evaporation of the volitile constituents from our products.

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The patties in these photos were on for 48 hours over small clusters in 30 and 40 degree F daytime temps.

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