Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The cold I'm hoping...

Checked the orange hive this afternoon and found 200+ bees dead on the ground in front of the hive. Not sure what's going on but hoping it has something to do with the cold and rain we've been having for the last week. All the hives were active today but the orange hive was the only hive with the dead bees out front. Tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 70's so I'll do an inspection. Just hoping it's not something else going on with them. I'll probably take the top super off the orange hive also if there's no signs of them drawing comb in it. No sense in having the extra space to heat if they aren't utilizing it.

I feel like we're in for a short fall this year so I'll get the feeders on the blue and orange hive tomorrow so I can hopefully give them enough to get them through the winter.

UPDATE...
I went ahead and put the 2 hive top feeders I have onto the orange and blue hive. I gave them each a small pollen patty as well as 1 little more than a quart of 1:1.

Orange Hive
I pulled out 2 frames for a quick check and they were very light. No stored honey, syrup, or pollen. Also I could see dead bees on the bottom of the hive so I removed the super from the bottom board and found it covered in dead bees and larva. I swept everything out and put everything back together with the feeders on top. There's thousands of them now on the ground in front of the hive. I'll get a photo of them tomorrow and put up.Very concerned and hope to find out what happened. I figure it was they either got too cold and didn't have enough food to keep the hive warm (I may have added the top deep super too early and it was just too much space for them to maintain) or I some how missed a serious robbing event. There is still a LOT of bees in the hive and although I didn't check more than 2 frames I did see brood. Off to beesource to see what the folks say...

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