Could This Be The Last?
Today was probably the last day I’ll open the hive until next year. That’s not true, I might need to feed them. Maybe not though, they seemed to have quite a bit of stores. There were two or three frames of new brood, and one of them was all freshly laid eggs, little pieces of white (much smaller that a grain of rice) sticking up from the bottom of every cell. I didn’t see either of the queens, but clearly there’s at least on in there. The bees were REALLY unhappy with me for opening the hive. There were more of them flying then I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like when I’ve got two full boxes of them.
They seemed to have a good amount of nectar being converted to honey, but very little capped honey. There were pollen stores scattered about everywhere. The bottom box was virtually untouched, although the single frame I switched did have some pollen in it and several cells with a bit of nectar in the bottom. I left that frame next to the hive for the bees to clean up, and they were done with it in an hour or so. The bottom box had mold in it, which isn’t a good thing at all, and some of the larvae were looking slightly green, so I propped up the lid to help get some air flow threw the colony. Too much moisture is bad for larvae. Hopefully the colony does well over the winter. The less I have to feed them, the better. I think my biggest concern is the temperature though. The colder it is, the more honey they have to consume. I’m sure I’ll end up feeding them no matter what. I don’t mind though. Anything to keep the bees happy!