Mountain Camping 2018

The second day of the IHPA conference is coming soon. We apologize for the wait.

Mountain camping is when sugar is put on the top of a beehive to give the bees emergency stores for the winter. Mountain camping also acts as a moisture absorbent and prevents moisture from dripping on the bees.

Here is Abigail pouring sugar into ice cream buckets to carry out to the hives. Each hive got about a gallon bucket full of sugar.

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We put newspaper on the top of the top deep and got the paper damp. We would have liked to use a spray bottle to get the newspaper wet, but did not have one so we sprinkled the water on top by hand.

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Here is Abigail sprinkling water on the newspaper.

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Here is Abigail pouring the sugar on top of the wet newspaper. We then sprinkled water on the sugar to keep the sugar packed together.

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This video shows Abigail pouring the sugar on the newspaper. (Click on the video to play.)

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We just poured the sugar right on top. The bees go down into the hive to avoid the sugar. (Click to play video.)

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We added sugar throughout the winter. Some of the hives ate the sugar faster; others ate the sugar very slowly.

Abigail

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