Start with a 1" shim & 1/2" hardware cloth stapled to the bottom....or buy one from our Shop!
Next lay down some plain tissue paper. Leave about an inch around the frame so the girls have an easier time getting to the food. I like to save a few sheets from my wax foundation! You can use plain newspaper too. Try to stay away from colored ink.
Put a pollen pattie on what will be the end of the board facing the front of the hive. You might only have room for half a pattie..that's ok.
Now, start the sugar layers. Turn a plastic cup upside down to align with the hole in the Inner Cover. When your layers are done, remove the cup & poke holes thru the tissue paper. Gotta keep the air circulating!
I use about a tablespoon of ProHealth in my 1 - 1 syrup to spritz my sugar layers. Wicked good for the girl's bellies!!
Again, remove the cup & poke holes in the tissue paper for ventilation. This is pretty much what your sugar board should look like. The Sugar Board sits on top of the frames on the top box. Then the Inner Cover & Lid
We like Bee-Pro. It's a pollen substitute but it won't ferment or get stale. Bees like it just fine!
Make your liquid some 1:1 syrup & add some Pro Health for some added digestive benefits.
I make a little tonic to help fight diarrhea & nosema. Recipe will be posted soon!
Big bowl, spoon, nitrile gloves, wax paper & some small, shallow aluminum pans.
You can throw the spoon away now....!!
Oh yeah!! This is what I'm talking about!
But it's not so don't lick your fingers!
Line the foil pan with piece of wax paper & mash the mixture into the pan.
Cover the patty with another piece of wax paper & flip the whole thing over so the patty comes out of the pan.
Make as many as you need. Put them in an air tight container & keep them where it's cool-ish.
Leave the wax paper on the patty. The hive is warm & it will turn the patty into a puddle = kill bees!
Cut slits thru the top wax paper and add to your sugar board.
If you're feeding for spring build up, you can lay the pattys on top of the brood frames!
Keep More Bees!!