I will start my maiden voyage with a newly built TBH and package of bees next Saturday. Mr. Bush's suggestion of feeding dry sugar is appealing for multiple reasons. The recommendation to spray it with water so it clumps, making it more attractive sounds simple enough. Should just the top of the sugar mound be sprayed? Once they eat the clumped part from the top, there would just be loose sugar, perhaps no longer attractive?
We have had a very dry winter and I hope feeding isn't required for a long period of time.