So I went in after attending my bee club looking to control Verroa. I planned to put Apivar on now because I missed the January timeline to get it in.
The plan is to leave the strips in for 3 weeks, then 2 weeks airing out, then honey supers.
Well I went in today for the first full inspection. Holy cow!! The hive looks like it is booming in July. Healthy and exploding!
Tons of bees, at least 5 brood frames and tons of pollin. There is still at least 5-7 full deep honey frames.
I plan to split the hive, but I still can’t get a queen till the 2nd or 3rd week of April in my area.
The mild winter kept this hive super productive.
I hope adding a 3rd deep box deep will keep them from swarming. Also helps the startup with the split.
I was and still am in shock.
Anybody else have this happen this year? Or ever.
I was expecting a cluster up top, empty honey stores and low amount of bees.
Man was I wrong!