APIARY INSPECTIONS, AUGUST 27, 2018 – BROOKE SAVAGE
The hives are very active, and are trying to pack away enough honey for the winter. The colonies populations will also decrease gradually over the next 6 weeks.
I have attached three pictures: one shows the beautiful, beautiful pollen they’re collecting, and the other has a nice looking queen in it (she’s on the lower left, on the wooden bar), and there’s a nice shot of comb honey too.
Varroa treatments: the hives finished their 2nd round of treatments today. The most compromised hive decided to replace their queen, and the new queen has already emerged. This is actually a pretty good thing, as the hive will not have any eggs or brood for 2 weeks, which is also an effective method of controlling varroa (they breed in the brood cells). I’ll check to make sure she’s laying properly next week.
Pests: I am very relieved to report that all pests (hive beetle, wax moth, mice) are well in check.
Honey Stores: Two hives are well provisioned for winter, and three need a bit of assistance. I installed three feeders filled with simple syrup to give them a boost. We like each colony to have about 50 pounds of honey for winter.
Upcoming visits: Overall, the hives are doing well, and need a few critically timed interventions for about 6 weeks, and then should be ready to be all closed up for the late fall and winter.
As always, please contact me by text, email or phone if you have any questions or concerns.