December 27, 2019 – It is supposed to be in the 40’s today! Take some time to visit your hives. I cleaned out all my entrances and the dead bees for the depth of what a hive tool would reach yesterday. Two dead outs already (both hive were weak going into the winter) cleaned the dead bees out of the frames and bottom board to try to reduce the chance of molding. Also lift you hives to get a feel for honey left, two of mine were light so I put on my first hard sugar candy (hard candy is 2 cups water, 1.5 lbs lite Caro syrup, 8 lbs of sugar, and ¼ tsp of cream of tarter, heat to 252 F and pour into a 11x 14 pan). Be sure the candy is warm when you put it on top of the frames.
Happy Holidays to all!