Re: didn't leave 'em enough last fall
I have elm coming in as of 2 days ago. Made a couple of gallons of syrup on Thursday, pulled the full frame out of the freezer - first 3 hives still had capped stores, enough I couldn't pick the right frame to pull and replace with an internal feeder. Last 2 had more bees, pulled an empty frame, dumped a gallon in a deep frame feeder, and gave it up for now. I Know hive 1's broodnest is in the bottom, because I thought they were a deadout a month ago, pulled off the top box full of stores and found the bees. I am leaving my ladies alone for a bit. We have a new cold front coming in.
Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.