Re: Weird hive inspection
I agree. I think you hit the nail square on the head.
I started out this year with two colonies, and towards the end of July was thinking I could eventually go into the winter with about 16, as I had split up to 6 at the time. Then the heat and the dearth of August hit, and all my colonies just shut down. I don't like feeding syrup but needed winter stores, so started feeding syrup about the first of September, heat eased up to mid 90s, and brood production picked up again. Luckily we have plenty of pollen sources here. We finally got rain from the equinotical storms, plenty of sealed brood now, temperatures only reach mid to upper 80s, but just planning on going into winter with 8 colonies now, and hoping for a good fall flow.
Check with local beeks and see what you can expect, after the bees get on a good flow, you should be able to tell as they will most probably quit taking syrup.
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