Bees

Spring and Summer Feed

Sugar Syrup: 50% Sugar 50% Water

Fall/Winter Feed

Sugar Syrup: 75% Sugar 25% Water

Bee Sugar Blocks

Ingredients:

  • 11 ½ cups Baker’s granulated sugar or pure cane sugar, about 5 pounds of sugar (1)

  • 1 ½ tsp Citric acid from the canning supplies section of the grocery store

  • ⅛ tsp Electrolytes, example: Save A Chick Electrolyte Packets

  • ¼ tsp Probiotics, for example: Save A Chick Probiotic Packets

  • ¼ cup Real Apple Cider Vinegar, not apple ‘flavored’ vinegar (check the ingredients)

  • ¼ cup Water

  • Splash Honey B Healthy (2)

(1) Do not use confectioners' sugar (which contains corn starch) or organic/brownish/brown sugar, all of which cause bee digestive issues.

(2) Honey B Healthy is a feeding stimulant with natural herbal oils. It smells splendid and provides some herbal nutrition too.

How to make:

Put the sugar in a big mixing bowl or a clean bucket and add the ingredients. Use a large spatula or your hands to mix the ingredients.

You must get all the sugar damp till it's more like snow than sugar grains. When it is all thoroughly mixed, because of how our boxes are configured, we shoot for 1" in thickness. Most of our boxes take 1", but if you can make them thicker, the better. Too thin, and it will fall apart.

Line the tray with parchment paper and put it back in the mixture. Press it down in the mold as tight as possible, and firm up the edges.

IMPORTANT You must score the blocks to the size you want while they are wet! I use a metal spatula and cut lines to the bottom so the blocks will come apart clean.

This was derived from Feeding Bees in Winter: How (& why) to Make Sugar Blocks