Re: Bone dry nuc
Do it at your own risk.
Originally Posted by NJBeeVet
Consider - bees are able to take dry sugar place above them why?
Because, incidentally, they generate moisture which then raises and condenses on the dry sugar - enabling the bees to "lick" those caplets of sweet condensation off the sugar.
The warm and moist air creates conditions where the bees can use dry feed placed above them.
In cold climate, the solid feed IN the frames is often NOT usable by the bees - because it is too dry and too cold.
Bees do NOT chew the dry sugar - they lick the condensation off of it (to be technical).
Cold, crystallized honey/sugar just a frame over is largely useless in cold, dry winter.
In cold, dry winter, crystallized honey in the frames usually means the dead bees - the food is there but inaccessible.
In mild and humid winter - the same could be totally different - too much moisture and not cold enough - makes the solid food in the store accessible and a good combination - it acts as a sink in extra moisture AND does not turn into a mush to drop onto the bees from above.
This is one difference between the coastal winter and inland winter - a significant difference, however.
Need to start with defining your own winter first.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.