Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The hive on the left, however, was doing very well:
Here is a close-up of the cluster:
We fed this hive, using our 2-gallon frame feeder, with 2:1 syrup. This should definitely hold them for the next 45 days until the blooming season begins. then it's honey-time!
Arcadia was in a similar situation, although there was snow remaining on the ground from yesterdays flurries.
The hive on the left had a nice but small cluster that was in both boxes. The two hives on the right were in better shape:
We fed these three hives as well, and they should now be in good shape for the early blooms. Next step here is to visit in late Feb, add pollen patties, and monitor brood development.
We should see plenty of honey from these three hives in Spring. We will need to repopulate the other two and there is a chance they will also get up and running quickly with an early installation.
Posted by DCHoneybees at 1:26 PM