Orders are taken between Aug. 1 and Feb. 1 of each year.
PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BEFORE PURCHASING
Place a separate order for any other products.
For winter feeding of bees.
We can not ship in warm weather.
If you want to PICK UP at our Training Center in Fairmount, IL please CALL IN your order during our office hours at 217-427-2678.
Instructions are enclosed along with a sugar candy refill recipe (or see below). Please place WBK board on the hive asap, OR freeze (it is a food product for honey bees and will not keep). We are sorry but we can not take returns on food products.
Put on your hive after the first frost, and before the winter solstice. You will have to check periodically to see if the bees have eaten all the candy. We don't know how long it will last--that is based upon how many bees you have, current temperature, how much honey stores they have, etc.
Use our Winter-Bee-Kind board when daytime temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees. Place board above your bee cluster with the candy side facing down and insulation side facing up. This will replace your inner cover. Simply place top cover over board and you're set! The amount of time your bees will take to finish the candy depends on how much food your bees have already packed away for the winter. Some colonies will take several weeks to finish the candy, and other colonies will take two weeks to finish. The board is refillable for reuse many times. We send a basic sugar-candy recipe, add your own feeding stimulants or pollen as desired and per manufacturer's instructions.
Our WINTER-BEE-KIND board insulates the top, provides upper ventilation and comes filled with sugar and pollen for the bees to eat should they need it during the winter. NOW WITH pollen and feed stimulant! Each candy board also has pollen embedded into the candy sugar to give the bees the protein they need in their feed as well. This WINTER-BEE-KIND board insulates, ventilates and feeds your bees as a single unit. This is an Emergency winter feeding solution, that should only be used when it's too cold for bees to continue flying, which is typically when daytime temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees.
We use a special piece of insulation that is backed with a thin piece of metal to help reduce condensation in the hive. It has a special upper vent which also serves as an exit and entrance for bees as well as a place to help excess condensation escape. The WINTER-BEE-KIND also comes with a recipe on how to make our candy so that you can refill your candy section when needed, usually about once a month, depending on how much honey is in the hive.
We are sorry, but due to the high volume orders for our WBK board and storage space, we can no longer accept refills on WBKs, with the exception of walk in customers who can drop their boards off and return for them at a later date. Thank you.
RECIPE FOR REFILLS:
1. Bring 12 0z water to boil in large pan.
2. Pour in 4 lbs of sugar and mix until dissolved.
3. Bring to 250 degrees and turn off.
4. If adding pollen, pollen powder, vitamins or feed stimulant, follow manufacturer's suggestions for amounts.
5. Pour onto WBK, and allow to cool before putting on hive. Place on hive on a windless, calm day. Do not look in your hive or pull out frames to inspect when replacing this board.