on the fly emergency feeding
i had mentioned in another thread that i have one of my twelve hives in the home yard that has begun brooding in earnest. i think it is because they are running out of winter bees a little sooner than the rest.
as a result they have gone through their one medium of stores (located above their single deep brood chamber) a little faster than the rest. the medium is not empty yet, but very light.
turns out i had a pint of mostly sourwood honey (with a little domino think) that was given to me by a fellow beekeeper last summer. it had crystalized to almost solid in consistancy, but i warmed it back to liquid and attached it to a quail waterer.
this feeder was placed on top and inside an empty box yesterday (we reached mid fifties yesterday, which was warm enough for my bees to break cluster, and there was some cleansing flights taking place).
were getting down below freezing at night, and when i checked the feeder this morning, i discovered that they had taken about half of that pint of honey. the problem was that the honey was now cold and hard as a rock.
i decided they needed a patty, and this is how i prepared it.
in a bowl, i mixed:
the remaining half pint of honey (after rewarming it again)
i rinsed the pint honey jar with little hot water and added that water to the bowl
i put about a quarter pint (maybe less) of powdered pollen sub (mann lake ultra bee, 60% crude protein)
i then added about a half pint of dry sugar, a little at a time, and enough to make a thick but moist paste.
the patty mix was spooned into upside down plastic cool whip lids, about four inched in diameter, and place above the cluster in the empty box, (pushed to the corners).
the feed ended up looking, smelling, and tasting like a cross between baby food and raw cookie dough. i have enough from that small batch to keep them replenished for a while.
it i get a warm enough day, i'll do a more in depth inspection, and if all looks good, i'll rob a medium frame or two of honey from my heaviest hives to give to this one.
disclaimer: novice beekeeper here who knows just enough to be dangerous