Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks
I sometime sprinkle dry protein on top, but not in the mix. (Don't feed them solids if they can't get out for regular clensing flights) By sprinkling on top they can take it or leave it-their choice.
Originally Posted by herbcoop
Here is how one of my very smallest mini nuc colonies faired after our 10 days of very cold weather.
Heres how big the block was when I installed them November 10th. Ya, there are bees in here,just driven down with a puff. This is about a 2 1/2# block. You can see the beepro sprinkled on top:
After 10 days very cold temps..a few days in the single digits-wind chill temps below 0, I went straight out to my smallest mini nuc and took a peak. Temps today reached about 45 degrees, just enough so I could crack the insulated inner cover and take a pic and glance. These were late mating nucs with a virgin introduced early August. Only on 4 -5 half sized deep frames with outside frames being totally empty, foundation only. I left them this way just to see if they would overwinter on a colony that small, in a not so perfect interior. I was glad to see they looked great. I was surprised to see how much of the sugar block they had consumed. Placed directly over the cluster, it gave them the feed they needed with out forcing them to break the cluster move.(Although these had nothing to move to) Placing frames of honey over the cluster would have given them too large an interior. When I get a day that is above 50, I will push the remaining sugar block together in the center over the cluster and will plan to replace it in a few weeks.
All my colonies in singles-from 10 standard frames to these small ones got a brick. No need to move to feed within the hive, easy feed source directly above the cluster. Condensation collects on the sugar and makes it available to them in the form of occasional syrup droplets.
Lauri Miller. VSH Carniolan Hybrids. Glenn & Wild lines.
200+ hives, minimal mite treatments, no antibiotics or meds.