Re: Disappointing Fall Inspection
We have been using hive top feeders. I been making 2:1 then add about 1/2 cup or so of vinegar with the mothers, to around 2 gallons of sugar water. I had a few hives that piddle around with the food. Others that inhale it.
The ones that piddle around with it finally get it down.
We weighed our hives yesterday, most are in the 60-70 lb range (weighing one side by lifting) a few were in the 50lb range, a few in the 90lb range. I have scales on three, those three loss 7 lbs of weight in the last week. We are still warm, they are flying and coming back and eating, nothing much out there to eat. We are going to give them one more feeding then put on sugar blocks in Nov. The blocks usually last until mid to end of Jan, then we feed them again.
We have fed them twice now, 2 gallons each time. They were so light when we started the hives were close to disaster. Now they all have at least the top box full of capped honey. Very dry very hot weather = low nectar this fall.
Could you try the paint can way? I think it was michael palmer that posted about it.
Zone 6b: 27 hives in Maryland, Carniolan, Italian mix mutts: Still learning - started bees spring of 2014.