The Bees Are Enjoying Their New Candy Board

It’s almost one month later and the bees are still well fed.

It’s January, but the temperature is above 50 degrees F today, a perfect opportunity to check on my bees and the state of the candy board. The bees are out and about enjoying the warm weather.

Lifting the cover and looking inside, I discover clusters of bees all over the candy.  So far, so good.  I really like this feeding system.  There is plenty of food for the bees and they are loving every inch of it!

A quick peek down the hole reveals nothing but bees, bees and more bees.  I didn’t bother to open it up anymore because they are doing great and that’s all I need to know.

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Author: Anita Deeley

Anita Deeley is a biologist and former state bee inspector who maintains 100 honey bee hives. She is the beekeeper, writer, owner and creator of When she is not spending time with her girls (the bees), she enjoys being a wife to her beekeeping cohort, Brian and mother to 3 little boys (the beekeepers in training). Read more about Anita here >> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Anita on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or Facebook here.


  1. Love this post and shared it with our local beekeeper’s association. I am definitely going to try this this winter. Thank you for sharing so much and keeping such a lovely blog.

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  3. This is my first year with 4 hives. I am going to make these candy boards this weekend. Did you use 16pounds for each hive? Thanks!

  4. Anita – thanks so much for your great blog. My Loving Bride & I are in our first year of beekeeping. I just put on my first candyboard using instructions you posted here. Our third hive – a split from earlier in the summer – is rather weak and they’re already hanging out on top of the frames of the top super. I figured they’ve already exhausted their meager stores or are otherwise starved. My own Loving Bride is a biologist also (how we got into this) and we’re both pleased to read about your “treatment free” approach. Take care. Keep up the good work. (Northern Virginia)

  5. Great post on your candy board, why the vinegar as a ingredient in the recipe? Probably a stupid question , but was concerned that the vinegar might be Bad for the bees.

    Have you ever used lemon grass oil as a feeding stimulant . It’s marketed by Dadant as a product called Honetbee Healthy .Its primary ingredient is Lemon Grass Oil. Very expensive to buy !! Sence the main ingredient is the oil from the lemon grass , why couldn’t you make it yourself. Any ideas on this ?

    • The vinegar is used to prevent mold growth. I don’t feed my bees any feeding stimulants at all and no longer feed them sugar unless they are nucs or very late swarms or cutouts. Many people do use HBH and make their own essential oil feeds for bees and seem to be happy with them.

  6. Thanks for taking time to answer my question on the vinegar

  7. Every year I have a large percentage of my Italian queens never make it back to the mating nuks . Ive tried different shapes of structures ,colors or patternes , landmarks .
    Spreading out the nuks , facing them differnt directions helps some.
    Is this just a problem with the itallian queens?
    It’s been said that honeybees don’t see red. Witch of the colors in the ultra violet color spectrum do they see clearly? Any ideas on this problem?