If I recall from my KS/MO years - the winter is pretty forgiving, you may squeak by without combining, GWW.I did not do much propping up but no culling or combining either. Should be kinda interesting in any case.
Any way, I may not forget where I am now that I have written it here.
GWW:I did have somebody offer me help with medicine if I decided to take some kind of action if I ever decide to find out for sure on the efb. I am going to see how the hives that are left do this winter. I had ten hives in case some decided to die on me thinking that might be a safe number for a couple to survive no matter what.
Good update, GWW. Sounds like your swarms are doing better than my swarms- I took a peek over the weekend and the best colonies only have two boxes of comb drawn-out.Two of the bigger swarms have about 70 and 80 percent of their third medium drawn with the top being pure capped honey which I might take part of come sept.
Well, now we will have two things in common.... but am trying to learn guitar...
Not really. Since I did neither mite counts or testing for efb so that I might know for sure, it could be either or both.Are you ready to venture a guess as to what might be the root cause(es) of the colony failures this year?