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2013 First Spring Hive Check

Posted 04-01-2013 at 01:10 AM by Zymer

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Checked the hives today, had ben worried about the #2 hive, thought they might have had Nosema but still not sure of that. They did lose the queen last year but seemed to have successfully bred a new one. Unfortunately, that meant that they lost ground and went into the winter with a low population and had not fully filled out top body with honey, end frames were not drawn, filled and capped.

Both hives were flying, #1 using both top and bottom entrances, #2 using only the top entrance (many
bodies blocking lower entrance).

#1 Hive seemed to have a fairly high population, many bees in top box, some attached to inner cover
and moisture board. Many came out when the covers were removed, C and I both had quite a few on us. They were very noisy. The fondant that C had ordered apparently was ruined, we didn't freeze it like we should have and it was discolored, with brown and black patches, probably mold or something. Didn't want to risk harming the bees so we put a sheet of newspaper on the top bars of the top box and poured granulated sugar on it, they were on it almost immediately.

#2 Hive was nowhere near as noisy, and not many were in the top box. All of the frames in the top box still
seemed to be full of capped honey (the ones that had been drawn out and filled, any way, the end frames had been empty in the Fall). There were not many bees in the top box, couldn't tell how many were in the
bottom...must have been enough to keep themselves warm enough to make it through the Winter. I moved the entrance reducer and cleared out a bunch of dead ones that were blocking the lower entrance, there seemed to be quite a lot of dead ones but I don't know how much would be normal.
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