sugar dusting & other questions
Hi Beekeepers, another year with small honey crops is behind and now its time (urgent) to prepare bees for winter (I am wondering is this just an very expensive hobby??). Last year I treated my bees with oxalic acid and was disappointed with results. Have lost 5 of my 10 hives. So this year no more oxalic, I will try to use only sugar dusting. But I am not sure what size should the sugar particles be in order to do what is expected. Any advice regarding this?
This is my third year ( I think) using natural cell, and it seems to me that my bees are satisfied with LC. The changes is very small toward smaller cell size, like form 5.4 to 5.3 or eventually somewhere to 5.2, and they made a lot of drone brood. Will go tomorrow to check my now urban apiary.This year we had a heavy drought in Serbia so no sunflower honey, and this was earlier the best honey crop here where I live. Some people here claimed to had heavy loses from Bayer seed chemicals (Imidacloprid ), will see tomorrow what my bees are doing and what is the situation. I expect that I will have to feed them heavily.
How much honey do you leave them for winter? I know people are saying to leave them a full medium super but that seems to much for me. Had never leave them so much. Maybe that is the reason I keep having winter loses?
Cheers, Sasha in Serbia
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