Re: First Cleansing Flight 2014
I am having a hard time understanding my hives this year. One hive was just a little active and the other two was nothing. So I rapped on the side of the box with a hive tool and still nothing. Alright, now I know they are dead so off goes the cover. Then I pop the inner cover loose and tilt it slightly and oh my God, out they come. So down with the cover and get out of there fast. I had no protection.
Well I never was a fast learner so same thing with the other inactive hive only this one has a hand hold. I tipped up the outer cover and there they are in full force but they didn't come after me like the other hive. So after thinking all my bees are dead I got bees in all three. I guess varroa didn't get them yet.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping