Happy Solstice

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Gypsi, Dec 22, 2019.

  1. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    In Texas this is when the queens start laying in earnest, although they have been taking pollen sub heavily for a week. We also have henbit in bloom.

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  2. roadkillbobb

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    I checked my 2 hives last week upstate and added some fondant, 1 hive was very active with bees on the fondant and the other hive i could hear the bees buzzing lower in the hive, it was mid 40s out and then dropped back to single digits....
     

  3. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm going to take my thermal camera out to check my hives tonight, and see where they are clustered. Big hives were trying to rob the little ones a couple of weeks ago, I'm concerned. If I open a little one I have trouble coming.... sooooo

    And i am going to have to open to check, maybe put some fondant on tomorrow, our cold weather comes next week. The Flir couldn't see a difference in temperature on the outside of the box. Worth a try
     
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  4. DBLBee

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    your thermal camera did not show them?
     
  5. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It did not. At all. Of course the outdoor temp was 70, not a lot of difference.

    Opening the lids and putting in fondant showed plenty. One of those nucs is stacked 4 nuc boxes high and stuffed with bees. I do mean stuffed, I did a bee rescue in late October after a former hive of mine had been damaged by a yard crew, I treated them with OAV and stacked on top of a double nuc. The other nuc had the stronger queen but only 2 boxes and had been robbed out more. Still bottom box looked fairly good for bees and top had a couple of frames. I closed their front door down some more, everyone got fondant. I did NOT go deeply in the big hives, it was nearly sunset, just made sure all looked good from the top and squished a couple of shb. Closed front doors smaller on the little ones, and gave them their treat. Queens are laying and they are hitting pollen sub fairly hard
     
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  6. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    why do I have 4 nucs instead of a 10 frame Lang? Because the hive is still becoming one, and small hives survive winter better in nucs, possibly easier to defend, easier to heat.