Catching Up Before Fall Leaves Us Behind
Received the following text from Sean a few weeks ago…and I was reminded today that I still had not responded. Since Sean’s observations really concern us all, I decided to post and answer here. You are welcome to add to my comments and perhaps you have questions to raise as well.
“Hey Scott. My hive at the apiary is okay one at my house if full. I have three boxes pretty full of honey. Do I add another or leave it alone. Also do I go ahead and put the small opening and seal it up? Apiary hive is pretty weak compared to the one at the house. Both have signs of queen but one at the house is way more productive. Hope you are doing well” –Sean
First let me say I am doing very well, but for a retired person…I am not very retired. I am deeply involved in my church and community and have been doing a huge amount of work as a substitute teacher as well. That being said…my beekeeping time has been greatly reduced, most especially for our Blog…so its time to crank it back up.
- Addressing the three boxes of honey…we definitely want to pull off two of these. Reducing the size of our hives for winter is essential. I have reduced all of my hives to the brood box and one super. The super is full of honey for the bees to utilize over the winter.
- It is certainly time to reduce our openings. Many of us will do this as early as August if there is any potential for “robbing”.
- Checking to make sure we have queens is another thing we just always be on top of. Our Winter Bees are being made and the population should be greatly reduced.
- Production is always a curious thing. This is why having hives at multiple locations is a good thing. I cannot account for your lack of production at the Apiary? I know that when I put the new community feeder out it helped my hives. If your stores are still lacking, you should continue to feed as long as it is warm.