Whole Hive Top FONDANT Feeder
(Bee Candy Feeder, Bee Feeder)

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Fondant (also known as bee candy or bee paste) is typically used as emergency supplemental feed for honey bees - in the winter as a defense against low honey stores.    Unlike pure, white table sugar which is mostly sucrose, true honeybee fondant is "inverted sugar" wherein sucrose has been converted into a mixture of glucose and fructose, the same sugars that are found in honey.  As such, fondant is much easier for bees to digest.

A block of fondant is usually placed on the topmost hive frames where the honey bees can access it as the cluster moves upward in the wintertime.  Click here for our favorite fondant recipe.

The Whole Hive Top Fondant Feeder plans shown here are for a simple and effective winter time replacement of an inner cover.  It holds up to 15 or so pounds of fondant while providing for the usual ventilation so important to a hive.   

Why a Whole Hive Top Fondant Feeder?

Fondant, Bee Candy Tray

Fondant, Bee Candy Tray

Fondant, Bee Candy Tray

Fondant, Bee Candy Tray

Fondant, Bee Candy Tray

Fondant, Bee Candy Tray

Fondant, Bee Candy Tray

The Whole Hive Top Fondant Feeder Tray

The feeder tray:

Bamboo Hollow Bee Candy - Fondant Feeder Tray Plan - Bottom

Bamboo Hollow Bee Candy - Fondant Feeder Tray Plan - Top

Upper Entrance: Something to think about...

You may want to insure that the bees have an upper entrance (e.g. they are in areas where snow may block the lower hive entrance).  Then, the fondant board seen here needs a slight redesign to allow bees passage to the outside.  There are two possibilities:

  1. Notch/drill the fondant board side and top cover so they both have an aligned escape hole big enough for bees to get through.

    or...

  2. Redesign the fondant feeder as follows:
    • At least one of the side vents must be expanded to allow bees to pass through, i.e. the space between the end bar (see diagram above) must be at least "bee space",  i.e. 3/8".
    • The "plywood top" (see diagram above) must also be at least "bee space" thick, i.e. 3/8", to allow bees space between the feeder and the top cover which may sit directly on the feeder.
    • The Top cover must be positioned such that it allows for space between it and the fondant feeder on the modified side- so it too has at least 3/8" unobstructed space for bees to walk out. This can be done by the usual method: propping it/tilting it - or - making an extra large insulated top cover as I have done.

 

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