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Friday, November 09, 2007

Bee Report - After First Freezing Night



Last night we had freezing temps - not for too long, but long enough for my fig tree's leaves to curl up. This morning I worried about the bees. I was out of town last weekend so I haven't checked them in two weeks, and I didn't know if more food were needed.

I opened the top of Mellona and didn't see a bee. There were a few stragglers on the outside, but I only saw a silverfish on the top cover and no bees. My heart sank....not another absconded hive. It was warmer - about 50 - so I lifted up the second box and under it the bees were clustering! I was thrilled and hoped I didn't chill them too much. I immediately put the hive back together.

I left them with a bag of new 2:1 sugar syrup on top of the frames and took the propping stick out of the tops of both hives.

Bermuda was active and clearly doing fine. I'll give them sugar syrup tomorrow because I needed to make more and it will be too hot to put on the hives until tomorrow. It actually will cool pretty quickly but I can only work on the bees today while my grandson is asleep and he'll wake up before the new syrup cools.

I did other things to help with the cold. I removed the shim that I had put on both hives to help with ventilation and with the small hive beetle trap. I removed both small hive beetle traps to clean and get ready for next year. I refilled their water source which in our drought-suffering Georgia had completely dried up.

FWIW, the weather reports show no rain at any time in the near future.
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3 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Linda

    I thought you were using the SBB from Rubes. I do not see them on these hives.

    Annette from Placerville

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  2. I have a Country Rubes bottom board - it was on the hive that absconded. I am not using it at the moment because I didn't want to change anything on the two hives that were making it OK.

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  3. I am hearing your bees..

    They said a lot of times...

    Where is the Linda....


    Where is the Linda....


    Where is the Linda....

    Brrrrrrrr...... We are feeling cold...

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