I still have at least one more month until winter is over and I am in the clear. So far I haven’t lost any hives but two are not looking great, So this year I decided to feed them 200cc of sugar water every 10 days to 14 days, I hope it’s enough.
Going going, almost gone!
Well it looks like hive number H20150522-01 known as Erika isn’t going to make it.
On top of the dwindling population, it seems that the workers have tried in vain to build new Queen cells. I actually don’t know if this hive is queenless and because of type of hive used here it is very hard, almost impossible the check if there currently is a queen.
That’s most probably the biggest downside to using the Jubako style hive.
So what can I do ?
I could try a number of things, but because I keep an endemic honeybee species I believe beekeeping for this species should as treatment free as possible.
Not really sure what is happening here, I know this hive has been under attack and getting robbed from sunup to sundown, Even adding a reducer didn’t really help, Talk about a battle royal, So maybe it just hasn’t had time to create the base honeycomb and beef up it numbers. Hopefully that will change, Only time will tell.
There is something special about this village, Even though I only caught four swarms they are all doing well and exceeded my expectations and growing at an alarming rate.
An early harvest is looking very likely for at least one hive.
hopefully next year we can triple the amount of hives next year on once stone terraced flourishing mandarin groove.