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Hi all,

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and new year!

Just wondering if there is anything i should be doing with my bees??

They went into winter very heavy but i have been advised to feed them bakers fondant because of the cold snowy weather? Is this generally a good idea and where do i place it? On the crown board on the frames??

What about the Ox Acid treatment? Its currently snowy and cold here and i figured i should not really be opening the hive?

Any advice welcome.


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By food i take it you mean give it a lift?

Really silly question now! Given the cold weather and reduce bee activity, should one heft with or without bee suit?
 

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Without a suit he means lift the hive up not feeding
just do it gently they wont even notice and put it down the same

Not a daft question thats the whole point of having a forum

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I tried today - took a while to lift off the frozen base slab
Took advantage of the snow blocking the entrance so not followed by any bee:). All seem ok, but quite a bit of evidence of uncapping under the hive so have fondant ready and will stuff some in when a little warmer to open. About 8" snow still, and more due Sat.... Trees are buckling under the weight - shame
 

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Would i be correct in assuming that uncapping = bee braking into stores??

I suppose my next silly question should be, what kind of weight am i looking for? They are in a standard national brood box! All frames were full at the start of winter and i remember it was very very heavy?
 
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How can you actually tell from the amount of cappings on the floor the amount of stores actually used?

For example, how many cappings does one frame of stores produce?
 
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