Re: Logistics of keeping up with syrup supplementation
That is one of the dilemmas. What we take we consider surplus. If the bees need it in the dearth then that is what they require for optimum nutrition.
As we don't want syrup in our honey we take take off frames beyond the hives 100 lb...2 deeps...for winter. Hopefully there is a fall flow plus once the extra true honey is off we offer 2:1 syrup. Then before closing up for winter we equalize the surplus frames from the fall between the hives.
It seems to be take some honey and feed later on or leave all honey and don't feed. We have farm status to maintain so need take off some honey.
I w ill likely remove and store capped honey frames above the 2 deeps this weekend. I will leave partly filled and uncapped frames plus some empties. Once the capped frames are off I will feed. Come fall I will check what the bees need and if needed will give them back some, or all, of the stored honey frames. If they have enough then I will extract. Downside of this is it is easier to extract when it is hot out. By fall it is cooler and I need to artificially heat the extraction room
Originally Posted by ABruce
Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06