Had a very fresh start to the morning, woke up and it was 5 degrees, very cold wind blew for most of the day the bees took their time getting out and about. The current situations is Hive A has 3 boxes, last box has 6frames with stores. Hive B,C have 2 boxes, the second box consisting of about 6-7 frames of stores. I have treated hive B,C with HiveClean counted the varroa mites and decided to treat again next year in spring. I am still considering taking 1 or 2 frames from hive A for me, but as the weather has cooled down I have decided to leave it for a bit, some beekeepers are very strict as to when to extract and when to feed, others are a bit more relaxed, I am leaving it for a bit as I believe that Autumn will still give them a chance to pick some more plus give me a chance to do what I have to do before the end of the year. Will keep you posted.
On the 7th of October 2012 I have decided to take away the feeder and leave my bees to fend for themselves throughout the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. Which they will hopefully manage to see for themselves. It has really turned cold, we had -3 the other night, Autumn has arrived.
Although I din’t manage to do as many sugar dusting treatments as I was hoping too, I have not found Varroa mites on the floor. They have been fed and robbed so not sure how much in total but before I closed them I had a quick look and their stores look good. Not counting the robbing, just in Sept and October they were given 10kg of sugar. Considering that they have arrived as a swarm without stores they are not doing bad at all.
Winter set up is, Varroa floor left with a gap under the mesh flooring, entrance reduced, super “eye hole” blocked, the rest as usual.
Every now and again I go and check and listen, they are not making too much sound, when it warms up they still fly out, much later in the day thought.
For future olbas oil or vick work, I put a little bit on the entrance and around it, it discourages the robbing bees and they fly off. My own don’t seem to mind it.
Fingers crossed it all works out. They seem like a nice bunch and I will try my hardest to make life easy for them.