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September 2018

Posted on September 25, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (65)

As another bee season nears an end I look over another productive season. Many splits and good honey crop. Didn't get to queen reasring due to the birth of our second son but I'm ok with that. That will be next years project. Treatments for mites should be complete or nearly complete. A cleanup treatment maybe done to follow up your man treatment that was done in August or early September. Also keep an eye out for those pesky hive beetles. As it gets cooler out they will be looking for a warm place to winter. Hives that you never saw any in all summer may soon have a bunch. It wouldn't hurt to but in a beetle trap to help protect your hives.

Feeding bees in the fall is a topic that is sometimes a topic of debate. I don't look at it as a debate. I look at it as I would rather feed and know I gave my bees the best chance to get through the winter. Sometimes there wasn't a great fall flow after you pulled your last honey. Others there was a decent flow but many rainy or cold days. You just never know. I prefer to err on the side of caution and feed the bees. I do fall feed inside the hives to limit fall robbing though. While feeding in the fall you will want to feed 2:1 syrup so that they can get it ripe and ready for winter in time. The least amount of moisture we put into the hives now before winter in the form of excess water the better. I also like to give a small amount of pollen patty to make sure they those last bees before winter have everything they need. Keep an eye on your hives September and early October set the tone for the long cold winter in my book.

Enjoy your honey and start thinking to next year. This is the time to get the bees yeardy for winter. Pack up unused equpment and clean up the bee yeards for winter. Start thinking about next years bee expansions. Package bees start going on sale now. I hope you all had as good of a season as well. Happy bee keeping all.

February's Frigid Grip

Posted on February 14, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (1)

February has reminded us that it truly is winter. It did take awhile to get here. We are now into the time of the year when all our preperations for winter come into play. Did the bees go into winter with enough stores? Is the wind block good enough? Are the mouse guards and entrance reducers doing their jobs? Now is a time we all sit and wait. These cold days are not the time to be opening the hives to check on our girls. We need to wait until the next warm day with no wind. I would prefer a 50 degree day but if you know one of your hives are light on stores its better to slip some feed then to let them starve. I prefer winter patties for an emergency feed for the bees. It has the sugars and a little bit of protein to help them get through the next couple of weeks as we wait for the maples, pussy willows, and finally dandelions to mark the beginning of natural pollen. Now is also a great time to be building all the equipment you will be needing for the current years expansion. Make sure that you get your packages ordered now, because as people start checking on their hives and counting winter losses packages will begin to sell out. If nothing else today is a good day to sit by the fire and read those bee magazines that have collected from last spring and summer while we were to busy with the bee's. Stay warm and start those preperations for the coming season.

Best regards,