What!s their plan?
Checked 22 hives over the last 2 days for stores.All hives were strong with good winter stores, except 8 of them.The 8 hives were strong and did have about 40 to50lbs,on them 2weeks ago.Here it is 9/26/08 the queens have not slowed down [most had 12 to 15 frames of brood]and they have used up most of their stores?[some had 10 to 20lbs left].Have they forgot winter is almost here?They are bringing in lots of pollen and are working the aster,but not that hard and the goldenrod is going the other way.Anyone else seeing this?No their not Italian bees althrough they are mixed,but mostly carniolan.[Global warming maybe]
Are these summer mated queens? I've got summer mated queens here and they are laying like crazy.
Yep. Same type of situation here. A couple weeks ago, lots of nectar and pollen.
Today, expecting to see most cured into honey, and instead, WOW! Nothing in the pantry.
Likely would have lost 90% or more if I had assumed everything would have been fine.
there is gonna be a pinch on the pocketbook with the amount of sugar I am going to have to throw at these girls over the next few weeks.
Weird weather and rains my best guess for this year.
Tomorrow I will combine a few week ones into stronger, and feed some more.
Strong but light
And not Italians? Or light colored bees?
Still it's easier to add weight right now than add bees. Lotta folks would trade place in a heartbeat.
what!s their plan?
Sorry guys I lost my internet conection 9/26/08 and couldn!t answer.
Ray Marler,yes they are both summer mated queens and superseded queens.
Tom G Laury,2 of the 8 are light colored but the rest are dark.
I have been busy this last week and haven!t looked at them but, you can really smell the aster their bringing in.I!ve got to go check my hives 60 miles north of here,they were in good shape 2 weeks ago.Hope I don!t see the same thing. If so Aldi!s sugar sales will go up.