That's part of the benefit of it actually. It works to absorb some of the moisture in the hive which reduces the humidity inside the hive, and dry bees are FAR less likely to freeze, and as the humidity wets the sugar, the bees can work it.I was just curious. I was told that bees have to work harder with dry sugar because they have to find water source to mix with the dry suguar.
does fondant really work? never tried it but i do know that bees wont move a half an inch for food if it is too cold i have had luck with a couple of quart jars of 1-1 sugar syrup or even 2-1 placed over the inner cover (modified to fit the lids only) then place an empty deep over them and tape your seems with duct tape to make airtight. can mean the difference between starved and live bees!If you are going to feed them in the hive this time of year, you will need to feed them some fondant candy placed directly on top of the brood frames which you can make.
Mike, what is your recommendation on using this technique here in the north? When do you recommend adding the sugar to the hive, if it wasn't added in the fall? Should you wait for the air temps to be at a certain level so you don't cause harm to the cluster?>In the North, however, I think it's important that they find it overhead when the cluster is at the top and out of food.