Oops, forgot 1
Oops, forgot 1
Does any of my friends have any queen cells or mated queens for sale? I'm in need of 2-3 asap. Can pick up if somewhere near Decatur, Cullman, or surrounding area. Say 50 miles or less. Can go a bit further if need to. Thanks, Rich
Well good news !!! The nuc isn't queenless after all. I'm guessing that I missed the queen that returned from mating flight. She obviously hid from me, or she just hadn't returned at that time yet. I inserted two frames of brood, large, and eggs into hive. Well less than two weeks passed, and since that. I go into hive today, low and behold. I have a queen, and about 6 frames of brood, large, and eggs. Needles to say, this nuc is going to explode soon. I added a 3rd 5 frame med. Box. There was lots of nectar, and stored honey. I staggered/checkerboarded fresh frames with starter strips. I was thinking the flow was over, I put out 1to1 syrup. They didn't touch it all day. I watched the entrance for a bit. I saw numerous bees returning with pollen, and lots of it. So, I'm assuming they are bringing in a fair amount of nectar as well.
All 4remaing hives were booming like this also. I added 1 super to 3 hives. 1 I didn't have to add any. This hive had a box added last week. So, I'm proud to say that all are successes so far. I wanted more splits earlier in the season. Honestly, I felt that making strong hives stay strong, and limit splits has worked very well. I'll still get another split or so this year. So I'm not fussing about numbers, but quality. I just didn't have any queen cells for splits, as they just didn't make but a few this year. I could have pulled the queens, and forced them to make new queens. Kinda glad I didn't though. These hives are jamming !!! Hope all are doing well out there. Comments appreciated... Thanks, Rich
Good for you. Sounds like things are going well. Keep it up and good luck this winter.
Thanks Glenn. Last winter was good. Except for the mice/rats. It was so wet out that they moved into a few hives. Really ate wm up, bees included... Rich
How many do you think you will go into winter with? Any plans to pull fall honey?
Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida
Ill hopefully go into winter with 6 or 7 . Ill also pull honey just after fall flow. Ill start feeding heavy also. Ill.leave em about 25 % honey in each hive. With good feeding, and winter really starting around Jan. Should be plenty time to fill hives with 2 to 1 syrup for winter. I'm thinking..?
Also, weird summer. With all this rain, they are still pulling in nice pollen, and will not touch my 1 to 1 syrup. I thought we were in a dearth? Seems that they are finding something good to store lots of honey coming in.