Lessons Learned (the hard way) LOL
Hello everyone! I learned a tremendous amount this year. The numbers show a bad year, but I was experimenting too much.
The biggest mistake I made was leaving them too weak after a split. They were more susceptible to robbing, wax moths and hive beetles.
Another mistake was leaving too much empty space in the 10 frame deeps after splitting.
So, next year, I'm going to invest in some nuc boxes and not split as much which would leave both hives stronger.
I'm also going to feed them during the split process a lot more.
Our friends showed me up bad. They never went in the hives, but just caught every swarm. Their apiary is booming!
I had to just tip my hat.
Cumberland Plateau, 2300 Feet, East Central Tennessee