Re: are your bees ready for winter?
Were all of the hives requeened this season? 50 young, failed queens that were not replaced successfully within the hive? If so, this would imply even bigger losses….just that most were likely replaced by supercedure/emergency queens. The majority of lost queens, in my experience are successfully replaced, if they were laying to begin with. So, by my guess if 50 were hopelessly queenless then the actual losses were probably more like 150 out of 700. That would get my attention.
Originally Posted by Ian
But then conditions in Canada are a bit different than in the southern US….so what do I know?
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson