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    Default "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    I have prepared 10 pound bags of sugar by soaking them in about one cup of water and allowing them to harden.


    To fit in a 5-frame nuc box I cut the opening in the side.


    A piece of wax paper or plastic wrap is used to hold the sugar in the bag while inverting the bag into a baking pan/dish.




    A cup of water is enough to saturate the bottom inch or so of the sugar.


    Allow several days for them to dry.

    Like fondant, I place the bag directly over the openings in the inner covers. The hardened layer of sugar prevents the rest from cascading into the hive.


    A hive body is used to house the bag of sugar.


    Here is one that had been worked on by the bees...


    I generally do not break the inner covers loose until the first warm days of February or March. The sugar bags may be an economical alternative to fondant, and like fondant (over the inner cover), there's no need to open the hive in winter.
    Last edited by BeeCurious; 12-17-2012 at 04:37 PM.
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    Default Re: "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    BC, I know you have more time than I, but you can skip all the above steps and just put the bag of sugar right on the top bars. The bees will chew thru the paper and eat.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    BC, I know you have more time than I, but you can skip all the above steps and just put the bag of sugar right on the top bars. The bees will chew thru the paper and eat.
    I don't remove the inner covers... and the bees don't need to chew paper.
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    Default Re: "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    My point is, that if you did remove the inner cover and didn't wet the sugar, the bees ould still be able to get to the sugar. What happens if the colony is clustered to one side of the hive so it can't easily get to the handhold in the inner cover.

    Whatever works for you, keep doing it. I was just mentioning an alternative. That's all.
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    Default Re: "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    I was just mentioning an alternative.
    Gee, I thought I was the one offering an alternative....
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    Default Re: "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    Gee, I thought I was the one offering an alternative....
    I was offering an alternative to your alternative, which is an alternative to Mountain Camp's alternative to the alternative I first learned before I ever knew about beesource.
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    Default Re: "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    Does all of the sugar in the bag harden or only the one side?

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    Default Re: "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by krad1964 View Post
    Does all of the sugar in the bag harden or only the one side?
    Just the bottom. I believe that some moisture will help to maintain the "ceiling" intact.
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    Default Re: "SugarBags" feeding sugar from the bag.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    I place the bag directly over the openings in the inner covers. The hardened layer of sugar prevents the rest from cascading into the hive.
    Does the rest of the bag get hard over time? If the bees eat through the harden layer the sugar above would fall through the hole in the cover. Maybe there is enough moisture in the hive keeping it intact.
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