Bobbysbees wrote: ↑
14 Oct 2020, 16:36
When placing fondant on the frames using an eke, would this be directly over the brood box and there for under the super or second brood box that is already full of stores/honey or on top of the hive/super of stores?
The reason i ask is there seems to be a wide debate over isolation starvation.
I think you are asking a bit of a confused question here. If you have a brood box full of stores...no need to add fondant. However, if you think your bees are getting low on stores and need to add fondant.......
Basically whatever configuration you have there seem to be two main opinions. Open hole in crown board and place fondant over hole. Or you place it with an eke directly on top of frames at top of hive. You can get away with crown board and hole most winters, but in the case of really nasty one the bees won't move to get it. So in most of our recent mild winters it wouldn't have mattered where the fondant was....but in a really cold one?....I don't gamble that it's going to be a mild winter again....if they need fondant it goes on top of the frames with an eke. Got caught out a while back when we had a mild Feb and freezing march and the bees wouldn't move from the brood.