We added dry sugar to all four of our hives eight days ago, following what some call the Mountain Camp Method of feeding. I took a quick peek under the hood of two of the hives today to see how well they’re taking to the sugar and this is what I saw:
The Mountain Camp Method seems to work.
Next time around I won’t bother misting the newspaper or the sugar. There appears to be enough moisture already in the hive to soften up the newspaper and harden the sugar. I would add a sprinkle of dry pollen supplement, too, but probably not until later in the winter when the extra pollen helps get the queen laying for the spring build up. The bees in the next photo appear to have dug right up through the centre of the sugar:
Here’s a wider shot:
And a closer shot:
Hopefully that’ll keep them happy at least until February when I give them some pollen supplement.
P.S.: The video is short and the photos aren’t sharp because, even though it was a mild day at 7°C (45°F), I didn’t want to open the hives for long. I was in and out in less than a minute for both hives.
P.S. (Feb. 16/12): Check out Dry Sugar Check up and Pollen Patties to see how the hives were doing 46 days after being given the dry sugar.