Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: January bees

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Farmington, New Mexico
    Posts
    6,703

    Default January bees

    It was nice today so I popped some covers. These are single deeps. I put the Mountaincamp Method suger on them today. No meds of any kind in these hives. I lost 3 of 10 in this yard.








  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Snowmass, Colorado, USA
    Posts
    2,496

    Default

    Good looking bees. When do you see the first pollen in your neck of the woods?
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. John Wayne

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Fresno California USA
    Posts
    2,479

    Default Nice pics!

    I think they'll make it

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Farmington, New Mexico
    Posts
    6,703

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by alpha6 View Post
    Good looking bees. When do you see the first pollen in your neck of the woods?
    It will be toward mid March, so we have another 6 weeks to go before they're safe I think.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Granby, CT
    Posts
    547

    Default

    Nice pictures, they look really good. They look dark, probably Carniolans?
    What are the temps there, it looks they are ready for syrup or liquid feed.

    Gilman

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Farmington, New Mexico
    Posts
    6,703

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bleta12 View Post
    Nice pictures, they look really good. They look dark, probably Carniolans?
    What are the temps there, it looks they are ready for syrup or liquid feed.

    Gilman
    They're supposed to be Carnis. Kind of mutts by now I suppose. The temps here have been running a bit over 50 for the highs and 37ish for the lows. The averages are about 43/19. The warmth has had them active, and that's why I was concerned about food. We're supposed to return to cold temps. I worry about stimulating them too early.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Swalwell, AB
    Posts
    579

    Default

    They don't look light. What do they weigh, roughly?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Farmington, New Mexico
    Posts
    6,703

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by allend View Post
    They don't look light. What do they weigh, roughly?

    The heaviest were probably 30lbs or so. The lightest and meanest felt like a deep with a couple of frames of brood and not much else. (Of course, I only photographed the good looking ones.)

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Swalwell, AB
    Posts
    579

    Default

    I don't suppose you have any frames of honey to add as outside frames?

    Singles can starve suddenly when they start to brood up. I took a look at your climate http://www.farmingtonnm.org/pages/facts.html it looks to me that, although you have a late spring compared to areas south of you, that you should be able to feed thick syrup if necessary by using feeder pails inverted over lids with holes for access.

    I'd weigh or heft the hives in question and compare that weight or feel to a brood chamber with empty frames and a 6lb brick to simulate the weight of the bees.

    If there is not much feed, then start to worry. The best answer to my mind is to add a super of honey underneath, but you probably don't have that on hand.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Farmington, New Mexico
    Posts
    6,703

    Wink

    Quote Originally Posted by allend View Post
    I don't suppose you have any frames of honey to add as outside frames?

    Singles can starve suddenly when they start to brood up. I took a look at your climate http://www.farmingtonnm.org/pages/facts.html it looks to me that, although you have a late spring compared to areas south of you, that you should be able to feed thick syrup if necessary by using feeder pails inverted over lids with holes for access.

    I'd weigh or heft the hives in question and compare that weight or feel to a brood chamber with empty frames and a 6lb brick to simulate the weight of the bees.

    If there is not much feed, then start to worry. The best answer to my mind is to add a super of honey underneath, but you probably don't have that on hand.

    I did shuffle a few frames of honey from a deadout onto one of the hives. I'll heft the hives this week when I get a minute to go check on them.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads