Re: NY State Winterlosses
Because we can't open feed in the fall, I was putting as many feeders as I could on a yard, feeding 2:1 sugar water and uncapped honey that you would probably use for mead normally but I fed back to get more weight on them, then moving the feeders on to the next yard. Since I don't usually feed I was short of feeders, I figured if I had been able to feed another ton to ton and a half I would have had normal winter losses. Most of my hives are three deep or 2 1/2 deep normally, the mistake I made was I left on a full extra honey super on most hives, so when lifting them they were heavy, not as heavy as normal, but I actually left more room in the hive so the queens didn't shut down as much as they normally would have. the hives that starved had nice clusters, absolutely no honey in the hive, the hives with smaller clusters survived. the reason I feel that the larger hives kept laying is that I always have new hives in two deeps, and they were feed the same as the others, most of the two deeps survived fine and had less bees going into winter.
Originally Posted by Michael Palmer
just PPB on my part and the bees suffered.
mike syracuse ny
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