Hello fellow Mainers and others
Last season was my first season utilizing Michael Bush's approach of natural beekeeping. I was terrified I would loose all my bees. Just the oposite ocurred as for the first time in 8 years I had suffered no winter losses. YIPPPEEE
I have been splitting a colony that appeared to be survivng well the last couple of years without meds etc. and now all the hives have these genetics and all seem to be doing well.
Now on to my questions:
Removing winter honey supper:
I was keeping in two deeps and I did give each colony back a super of honey for overwintering. Assuming I have brood in the supper (I am looking today) I am thinking I should locate or relocate the queen into the lower deeps and place a queen excluder on. Then let the brood hatch and proceed with normal approaches. I am still regressing all the colonies over to natural comb.
Keeping Bees in mediums:
One of these hives had a medium super on and if this colony is strong I would like to split this and start keeping in mediums. Has anyone had experience with this in Maine? I am in the Brunswick area. If you have how many mediums are you using. I find this approach has great appeal for all kinds of reasons. I love the reduced weight involved and the uniformity in equipment.
Do you as a natural approach to bees rotate your boxes in Spring?
As usual all opinions appreciated! And I do hope all had a great winter season.