Sugar fudge - excellent dressing in the spring and winter

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Winter-spring feeding for many beekeepers is not just a way of keeping the bees in a difficult period of the year, but also a necessary condition for the survival of families. For these purposes, as you know, many people use not only honey, but other sugar-based substitutes. What is sugar fudge for bees and what is its preparation, let's talk now, and also watch the video.

Why use sugar fudge?

Sugar fudge is one of the types of honey substitutes, which is given in the form of top dressing to bees in the winter-spring period. And although experts claim and caution beekeepers against any kind of feeding insects during this period, for many it is simply a necessity. For example, from mid-February they give 2-3 kilograms of candi or such a sweets. This is done primarily to maintain the strength of families and increase the spring brood. And, as practice shows, such a pasty mass gives a better result than sugar syrup.

Every beekeeper should remember that feeding more is harmful if it is done incorrectly and purposefully. It is worth using it only in exceptional cases, if the bees in winter too intensively spent the stored food. Excess food increases the load on the intestines of insects and leads to diseases and diarrhea.

How to cook at home?

So, if nevertheless you had an awkward situation in the apiary, the bees do not have enough food, then you should think about feeding. For this, sugar fudge is well suited, the video of which can be viewed below. It is easy to prepare and easy to use in the hive. All ingredients included in the composition, there will always be any beekeeper.

Ingredients

  • pure prepared water - 1 liter;
  • white crystalline sugar - 2 kilograms;
  • liquid flower honey - 600 grams.

Step by Step Cooking

  1. Take the enameled pan, pour 1 liter of water and put on the fire.
  2. Without waiting for the water to boil, add sugar and, while stirring constantly, bring to a boil.
  3. Boil the sugar in water for 20 minutes, after which we take an ordinary spoon, put it into the solution and then quickly lower it into cold water.
  4. The finished fudge can be removed from the spoon and rolled into a soft weaving ball. As soon as the mass has acquired such a consistency, we remove it from the fire.
  5. Cool the sugar mass and add honey to it, then put it on the fire again before boiling. Keep on fire for no more than 3 minutes after boiling.
  6. Cool the finished fudge and then very intensively stir, transforming into a viscous thick mass.
  7. We roll the sweet in balls, put in a plastic bag and put in storage.

Before giving sweets to bees, you need to take a ball weighing at least 1 kilogram, wrap in a single layer of gauze and put under the lap on the frame. Such a portion should be enough for one standard family for about a month. For more information about this type of feeding, see the video.

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