mike syracuse ny
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FINALLY seeing pollen today. It was a nice day and lots of bees flying around. They were all bringing in an off-white pollen. Maybe spring has finally made it?
Last weekend i had some hives with 50 pounds of nectar in the supers. Not a lot of pollen at some yards but all had some coming in. guessing tomorrow when that warmth gets here they will be going gangbusters on pollen. This one monster hive had several deep frames of sealed brood as well. I was absolutely shocked. Going to have to add boxes to it tomorrow......adding boxes in beginning of April is crazy. might just have a breeder queen on my hands.
Spring I hope is here and plus 35 degree nights from here forward. I am picking up 2 3 lb packages from Kingston NY. Then picking up 2 nucs at the end of April. I will also be making a split out of my surviving hive next week, lots of drones in my surviving hive already and quite a few drone cells not hatched. Let the nectar flow the sooner the better.
Tons of pollin in my hives today and some fresh nectar. Dark purple pollin was coming in. Dont know what that is. Time to check the polin color chart.
Today in the 60’s, makes me smile. Made separate hives out of the double nuc, both wintered well with Mike Palmer queens. That made me smile too. So far so good. I did notice nectar in the hives and low stores, so added more honey frames. I did have to combine a dwindling hive that had been doing well with a swarm that went queenless, so 14 good lost 3. Spring is here!
Western Catskill Mountains
Anybody check their hives lately for food? With this extended cold and rainy weather im concerned they don't have enough yet i don't want to open up the brood next to make sure as they will be chilled brood
I still have my feeding shim and quilt box on with sugar bricks and pollen sub inside. Mine have brought in pollen and nectar on the good days, but she has brooded up so am glad I still have them on with all of this cold, rainy weather. Last week they were still eating sugar and pollen. Kaizen raises a legit concern. Especially if she brooded up fast. J
I put on a PP and will add some syrup, I think mine are low on food.
Western Catskill Mountains
I installed 2, 3 lb packages on 4/12 and also a walk away split from my surviving hive on 4/20. I have been feeding sugar syrup since packages and split were installed they are consuming 1 qt per 3 days the two packages are doing well have lots of nectar and pollen mostly bright orange and a soft yellow. I have not opened the walk away split as of yet other than to replace feeding jar with a new one. All hives are very active when temps are above 60. I am picking up 2 nucs. this weekend and will be putting them in 10 frame deeps 5 drawn frames as well as what ever the nucs are. I am planning on feeding sugar syrup up until the middle of May. I am hoping nectar flow will be strong and hives will have completely built out the bottom super so I can add a second deep to all 5 hives . If I am really lucky they will draw out frames and I will actually be able to add a honey super and actually be able to reap some honey this year. If not as long as the bees have ample supply I will always look forward to next year.
Where. The. Heck. Are. The. Dandelions.
I see a post I made a few years ago now that saw dandelions on April 18th. Today is May 1st and nothing. Hello. Who stole all the dandelions.
we are loaded with dandelions