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preparing a colony for winter

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Hi,

summer here has been a literal washout, and not many people have honey.

Even my first swarm that did real well only had enough surplus to give me a 200 gram sample (and even taking that made me feel a bit guilty!) Those guys have 14 combs built, but I took 4 to give to my second hive, so they manged a total of 18 combs. I have top bar hives, and in my case, this is an area of
about 700 cm^2 per comb.

My second swarm was a second cast and they are on 10 combs, 4 of those donated from the first swarm. They have no honey at all, and their comb building just didn't happen very much at all!

I just put the Apistan strips in, and looking at the empty combs with not much capped honey in both hives, I'm wondering if I should start feeding them, and if its a 2 pounds of sugar to 1 point syrup that I need.

many thanks for any advice,

Cinnamon
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