Re: Dying hive
This is the prime time for robbing. Bees are hotter, days are shorter and it takes less than a drop of spilled sugar water to set off a frenzy. There are plans for robber screens on Michael Bush's site, but even a wooden entrance reducer, and a piece of window screen 4 to 6 inches tall and the width of the hive, and a staple gun, can confuse the enemy. Reducing the entrance on the stronger, aggressive hives seems to help slow things down too. With our ongoing drought I use zero top entrances and except for a major flow, keep all entrances pretty small. I just ran around and stapled screen after seeing a lot of dead bees on the ground around my strongest hive 2 days ago. My neighbor's hive, which I tend, across the street, is even stronger. Looking to do fall splits if I can find queens, find these lady bees something else to do.
Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, flood and strange weather. The bees are still alive.