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    I would like to know what the recipe for queen candy that is put in the queen cages, yall know the white soft stuff, all info is appreciated.
    Ted

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    TWT;
    recipe for queen candy


    . It is made by mixing icing sugar (powdered sugar) with honey until it is the consistency of putty .

    Terry

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    Just to put it out there. There is a difference between powdered sugar and confectioners sugar(what we think of as powdered sugar) Don't use confectioner sugar.
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    &gt; Don't use confectioner sugar

    Why not use confectioner's sugar?

    Who ever said that 3% cornstarch is going to hurt
    the bees in the least? Heck, many beekeepers use
    "fondant" (soft candy) that they buy from bakery
    supply houses, and that has specs of up to 5%
    "other than sugar" content.

    In the queen-cage plug application, the candy
    is an insignificant fraction of any one bee's
    diet, and is only eaten for a matter of a week
    at most by the queen and the attendants while
    in shipping. Once in the hive, the plug is
    consumed by a large number of hive workers,
    each one only getting a few bites as the bees
    crowd around to release the queen.

    Everyone involved will be able to void their
    wastes in a timely manner, so there is never
    and reason to have concerns about using
    confectioners (powdered) sugar for queen cages.

    While there may be some beekeepers with concerns
    about feeding something with 3% corn starch
    to an overwintering colony, fondant is most often
    a "last-ditch" feeding tactic, fed when it is
    not yet warm enough to expect the bees to use
    a feeder, and one needs to put food "in contact"
    with the cluster. The period before it becomes
    warm enough to fly and void wastes is not going
    to be long enough (absolutely NEVER very long
    in Moyock, NC, down by the coast) for 3% to
    make any impact on the bees.

    Regardless, if your choice is feeding something
    that is slightly less "pure", or having the colony
    starve, I think I know which choice you will pick.
    A colony with dysentery can be cured. A colony
    that starves is dead and gone forever.

    See http://bee-quick.com/reprints/sugar.pdf
    for a run-down on all the sweeteners that
    compete with honey.

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    IMO Powdered sugar and HFCS should be used and mixed until you have a thick paste that does not run at a temp. of +/- 95 deg.
    It is not recommended by any agency to use honey, because of the risk of transfering diseases. (foulbrood) Corn syrup does not dry out as fast as water when used with the powdered sugar. This is what I use in my shipping cages when I ship queens.
    Frank Wyatt
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    Eden, NC

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    P.S.
    I add Fumidil B to the mixture. Don't know if it helps but it doesn't hurt.
    Frank

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    thanks for the info guys but I wasnt looking for a winter feed , just to make some candy to use in some older queen cages to help introduce 1 of my good queens in to a week hive.
    Ted

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    Where I live they just use a piece of marshmallow. They dip the marshmallow in water (or put it in their mouths for a moment), and just stick it in.

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