Re: What Have You Learned This Season?
I learned to do a cutout, a hogan trapout (unsuccessful), a bee tree removal, to build a LOT of woodenware, How to talk bees into building strong foundationless comb in Texas, and how NOT to checkerboard.
I learned how to open the hive up just a little, buy a queen and make a split, keep an eye out for robbers, manage hive so that the bees have enough room but not too much, and how to build migratory tops that accept feeder jars - the easy way and the hard way.
And today I learned that the easy way with the hole saw was letting too much rain in my hive, so I put a roof over the feed jar to keep the bees dry. We hadn't had that much rain since I set that jar on.
I learned to build my own sbb's - not great, but good enough for the bees. And I will be learning to build a new hive stand soon. Planned for spring, but my schedule has been horrendous.
I went from zero bees last winter to 5 hives right now. I have a cutout to do, and I will be able to boost their brood from my bees, or combine them with one of my hives if I don't get the queen.
Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.