Re: Feed Sugar on the inner cover
another approach is to mix the sugar up with just enough water to make a paste, (about one part water to nine parts sugar).
you can form this paste into patties, and it can be utilized without the bees having bring water to it.
i also follow mr. bush's suggestion to add some vitamin c (ascorbic acid), roughly 1000 mg per gallon, to lower the ph of the mixture.
in late winter or early spring, if the bees will be brooding, i throw some pollen substitute in there too.
this ends up 8 parts sugar, 1 part pollen sub, 1 part water, and some vitamin c.
(i would only feed them this if they are out of stores, and to prevent starvation, put it on the top bars over the cluster)
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf