Re: Water source in winter
Frank, The temps were very cold outside preventing flying. Mobus deliberately doubled the size of the colony resulting in very efficient heat management with minimal consumption of stores. The colony was in a highly insulated box requiring very little heat therefore low amounts of honey were consumed. Less water was produced from metabolizing the sugars in honey. The result was a water deficient hive. It is counter-intuitive to us, but deadly to the bees.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest