We started making a candy board from the instructions here and here, but then realized our staple gun was out of staples! Should we panic, run to the store and get some more staples? Or should we practice a bit of whatchagotamology and make something to serve the same purpose, but that's even sturdier than those flimsy staples? Wait--before you answer, consider this: we've also got a whole pile of bent-up nails, pulled out of free wood from Craigslist, that we've been itching to find a use for. If you guessed the second option, congratulations. Hooray for #2!
|If wealth were measured in nails like this one, we'd be rich!|
|We bent the two shank pieces into a generally parabolic shape using two pairs of pliers...|
|The resulting products are the head of the nail (any ideas for what to do with that?), and two beefy-looking staples that could be used to hold barbed wire onto a fencepost...|
|...or hardware cloth onto a candy board.|
|This is the configuration on the hive: the candy board goes between the top deep box and the inner cover, hopefully right on top of the cluster. (But don't squash it!) The moisture quilt is based off a design like this.|
What is your setup for emergency bee feeding in the winter? Let us know in the comments section below!