Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Winter is coming

For winter this year all my bees will go into the bee house, including the 3 remaining nucs, except the swarm hive I caught Aug. 1st. I have added feeders and am feeding all the hives as this has not been a great year with all the rain we've had.  The hive that I am keeping at Staten Island is the Aug. swarm.  It is strong and has honey in both the upper and middle boxes of the octagon hive.  I gave all the hive's a dose of oxalic acid on Nov. 1,  The strongest hive had the most drops but none had too many.  My Sept. count was 2 per 100 bees in the worst hive.  We'll have to wait till spring to see how they do.  Later