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Old Man Winter gave us a break today

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Ahhhh. It was low 40's in central Ohio today and Mr. Sun came out to give us a little radiant heat. The bees were out in force and relieving themselves on my vinyl siding. Life is good.

I thought that one of my five hives was dead but I opened each hive and all were alive. I fed each hive some candy and replenished the candy that I poured to let harden on the inside of the inside cover. I pour sugar candy and let it set up to help with food and most was gone since I poured on Christmas weekend. It has been very cold here in Ohio and I am so happy to have the hives making it so far.

I had buried three sides on the hives in snow after a pretty good snow in early January. I think that helped insulate from 5-10 degrees at night. I have tar paper on the hives and that warms the east side of each hive on sunny days. It is not sunny all that much here but every little bit helps.

If anyone wants my candy recipe let me know and I will post to this thread. I swear by it after losing hives the past two years.

Hope all is well with other keepers. One more thing, boy are the ticked when you open the hives.

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I would be interested in your recipe! I am a newbie and interested in learning all I can. So please post it and describe how you use it. Thanks
My recipe is:
2 cups white sugar
1.5 cups water
2 TBS light corn syrup (don't use dark)
1/8 tsp cream of tarter.

I bring it up to a boil and boil for about 10 minutes. At 10 minutes I use a candy thermometer to check temp. Boil until temp gets 238-240F. Take off the stove and put it on parchment paper if you want to break if for candy pieces or (and this is my preferred method) pour it on the inside surface of the inside cover. Let it harden and then replace the existing inside cover with this one. They bees eat the candy right off the inside surface of the cover. Most of mine was gone in 3 weeks of very cold weather here in Ohio.

I swear by the stuff. I used fondant last year and they did not touch it.

I hope this helps.

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