Bees Settling in for Winter

 

Bee Hive in November Sun

Bee Hive in November Sun

Well its late November and the cold weather has begun, with several frosts. The recent mild weather has meant that I was able to complete my Varroa treatment ( oxalic acid vapour ) and bring the hive back into a reasonable state. The bees were even taking heavy syrup until late October.

Because the hive was in danger of imminent collapse, I carried out 6 oxalic acid varroa treatments, 5 days apart starting in early October. This covered two mite generations. The net result is that the Varroa drop count is down to 1-2 per day on average and the bees had some mild weather to help raise healthy winter bees. All signs of deformed wing virus have disappeared.

Bees Enjoyin a bit of late November Sun

Bees Enjoyin a bit of late November Sun

The mouse-guards are on, syrup removed ( replaced with dry-sugar ) and all I can do now is keep my fingers crossed that this first hive will survive over the winter. I was pleased to note that the placement of the hive means that the early morning sun gives the hive a nice warm bath of light. That must be a relief for the bees after a freezing night! And more importantly, gives them an opportunity to move the cluster or get in some supplies from neighbouring comb!

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