|Sent on:||Monday, November 14, 2011 12:24 PM|
We are seeing and hearing of bees going through stores and/or taking feed at a high rate due to speculative foraging in the unusually warm weather.
Beekeepers, please do check your hive(s) for sufficient stores- even if they were heavy last time you checked. We've seen several hives lately that had full mediums a month ago that have eaten themselves out of house and home!
Feed 2:1 sugar syrup if there's any doubt.
To determine the state of a hive's stores, pull out frames and count up how many full frames of honey (1 frame = both sides). Ideally, you want to see at least one full medium of fully drawn, filled, capped frames or the equivalent going into the winter.
Other fall pointers:
- Remove queen excluders
- Hive should be brought down to a maximum of four boxes high (standard mediums).
- Consider setting the entrance reducer to the medium-sized opening to reduce risks of robbing when you feed. And please make sure the there's not way for bees to get into your feeder -
"Bees do not swim" (Jim)
Oh yes, and did we mention: Feed Feed Feed!
We'll cover prep for actual cold in the next note.
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