Re: Fall inspections
My rule of thumb is to do only what needs to be done. There is one major hurdle at this time of year that needs to be checked. The bees MUST have a laying queen in good condition. I do a fall brood check to see that each colony is producing enough brood to make it through winter. I usually find 2 or 3 colonies (about 10%) that have problems with their queen. It is easy to combine a colony with a nuc to get a young queen into place before winter.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest