In this Beginning Beekeeping show, we get the hive ready for winter. Raising bees is a great hobby, and here we show how we prepare the beehive for the coming winter. Below the recipe are links to our other beekeeping vids and sources.
I made my own based on reading thru the various online forums and blogs.
2 cups vegetable shortening - NOT butter or other flavored shortening
4 cups white sugar
10 drops of food grade pepperment oil or wintergreen oil
¼ cup mineral block - this is a mineralize salt lick you can get at a farm - ag supply store. break off a chunk with a hammer.
mix this together and form into 4" wide patties, they have to be thin enough to be placed between hive supers.
you can wrap these patties in wax paper , put in a freezer back and freeze for future use.
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Great video! I'm gathering info and watching demos, live and online, about beekeeping. Plan to start soon, and your video answered a lot of questions I had. Thanks.
I'd like to know where to purchase a Polystyrene cover for my wooden hive. I've been searching around and cannot seem to locate a vendor.
Fondant sugar is good, but in the winter time if you give them some crack / drivert it is even better and the bee's eat it up quicker than fondant sugar. Me and my partner call it crack. The reason we call it crack is you may see a few bee's fly in and out of the hive on a cold day, but give them some crack and you will see more than a few bee's fly in and out with in hours of giving them some crack.