FIRST , i am asking everyone to please forgive my grahmer as i didnt have much schoolin and not real handy with this computer stuff but learnin.and am disabled/challenged with osteo arthritis,degenerative disc disease and maybe lupus and take a lot of pain meds, so my typing wont allways be very good, clumsilly typing with one finger and slow going,
am aproaching my 4th season beekeeping. i know that i have several dead hive again this year. yesterrday it was sunny and 41 degrees out and the russian bees was out flying in the snow, looked pretty neat, i imagine they were cleaning out the dead bees but, a vigorous hive, i noticed last year, when it was realy hot in the evenings that the italians were all resting on the porch while the russians were still hard at it, just seams like they work more and handle the weather better.
i have 16 hives, and guessing at least half are dead, some of the dead colonies were pretty week and low population,light weifgt, i tried feeding them but it just wasnt enough, i have a 5/8ths hole drilled in the tops super for ventalation just above the handle, inner covers, i had no mentors , other trhan helping a cripple beekeeper when i was a kid, but was to young to realy learn much, so, with a little luck, and some friends like ya,ll, am hoping to get all 16 back into production this year, i bought a book about queen rearing and a cloak board and misc stuff, am going to try my hand at grafting but thinking id still be better off purchasing queens again this year untill i know i can successfully graft them, just cannot afford to gamble. so the goal is to get some population going before the honey flow.
my goal is either 200 hives, in which i only have come to expect a 50% servival rate so if i can keep at least 100 hivesalive, it could bee enough income to bee self supportive, looks like tons n tons of great info in these pages that i wished i had at the start, thankyou folks in advance for putting up with me..