Re: What assumptions can I make from pollen coming in?
Not completely bunk, if you know what you are looking at and how to read it.
Originally Posted by enjambres
One of my hives that has been going for five years, I observed a [substantially] lower level of pollen gathering than other hives. Based on this observation (and the fact that I had lost track of the age of this particular queen) I expected that when I unwrapped them I would find that the queen was either failing or gone. Indeed, when I unwrapped and inspected them yesterday they were completely broodless and queenless.
I think of it like 'tracking' (as in hunting men or beasts), if you know how to read the signs you can develop a pretty good picture of what is going on even though you aren't observing the subject directly.
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