When you find the need to feed a weak colony in the midst of winter, there are may things you must be careful of.
- The bees need to be able to access the food when clustered. It only takes a short cold spell for the bees to starve if the cluster can not get to food.
- You need to be careful not to chill the bees while giving them feed.
- You don't want to feed syrup as the excess moisture can easily cause dysentery/nosema in weak colonies.
- 25 lb bag of sugar
- 2 quarts water
- 6 Tbl vinegar
- Place water and vinegar into a large cooking kettle and bring to a boil.
- Slowly add sugar (1/3rd at a time) and continue to stir.
- Keep stirring and heating until it thickens (~270F) to the consistency of cooked oatmeal. It takes time so be patient.
- Remove from heat and wait until boiling stops and then pour into the molds. Use extreme caution, the sugar will burn you really bad if you get it on you.
- Let cool overnight.