Re: Really need some feed back please
Let me say that I agree with what Solomon has already stated.
Originally Posted by sandman1053
If you are feeding with a Boardman feeder; Stop. They are only good for water in my opinion and never sugar feed. I do put them on my hives when we go into drought stages, but only put water.
There are 2 reasons I say this: the first is the robbing that occurs, the second is when you feed internally you are forced to open the hive. The don’t open the box approach will get you the results that come from not looking.
As for re-queening every year. I do not agree with this practice. I re-queen when needed and not just because it is a new year. The bees will re-queen on their own 9 out of 10 times, I only do it when I have a queen with lack luster performance or bad genetics, but not just because it is the next year.
Last thing, if you move those hives closer to your home. Remember you can’t just pickup the hive and move it a couple hundred yards. You will need to do something to disrupt their path so they take reorientation flights or move them several miles away then a week later you can move them back again. Just do some searching or find a good mentor before moving any hives, other wise you will lose all your foragers.
Experience is better than theory.