Wonder if they will like the Candy

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Yankee11, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Yankee11

    Yankee11 New Member

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    Was making bee candy for the first time. We have cold weather coming and its been warm. Bees very active but nothing to forest on. Anyway, I made a couple of batches. 1 1/3 water to 5lbs of sugar. Boiled at 220 degrees then poured in parchment paper to cool.

    I had boiled the excess wax from the cut out we did 2 days ago and I had the filtered honey/wax water leftover. I made a batch of bee candy using that very dark honey/wax smelling water to make a batch. Then as it was cooling, down around 140 degrees I added some strong lemon smelling pollen powder and mixed it up. I didn't
    want to cook the pollen powder.

    The honey/wax/pollen powder bee candy is on the right.

    What do you think. Good idea or bad. It sure smelled good while it was cooking. Well see if they eat it.

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  2. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    It looks like fudge. As you stated only time will tell Keep use posted on this please.
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    We may all learn something here. :thumbsup:
     
  4. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    very interesting let us know how it works
     
  5. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Bee fudge, awesome! :smile:...maybe you are on to something....
     
  6. Hawkster

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    If you are using it as winter feed aren't you supposed to keep it as clear as possible so the bee don't get dysentery or did I make that up?
     
  7. Yankee11

    Yankee11 New Member

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    That's why I run most things by this board before trying. I always learn something.

    Looks like Dysentery has a lot to do with weather. Below 50 degrees for more than 2 weeks keeping bees from cleansing flights. In my area that is very unlikely to happen. But see, I learned something from your post. Thanks.
     
  8. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Try it out on your weakest hive--they're the one most likely to benefit from the candy and least likely to be a serious loss to you if it turns out not to be good.
     
  9. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    probably be fine. I added my pollen sub when mine was still stirrable (took the candy up to 245 or so before turning off heat), my bees have been eating it for a month and a half and all hives that got candy are alive. Lost 2 nucs before I made candy (well merged them with a hive). But other than that, well #5 is alive...