|So not ready|
What is this white stuff falling from the sky? Sigh.
At least, temps are supposed to be back up in the 60's next week.
5 months x 4 weeks = 20 weeks
20 weeks x 2 lbs = a minimum of 40 lbs
"An average-strength colony that is left to its own devices will consume up to 30 pounds (15 kg) and more of honey during the winter...practicing beekeepers have seen that if a colony is left with "just enough" honey in the fall -- just enough, that is, to last until the first honeyflow next spring -- then when spring does arrive the colony will struggle to grow and will be unlikely to build up sufficient strength in time for the main honeyflow. In the spring, the queen will only lay eggs effectively if the hive contains reserves of at least 20 pounds (10 kg) of honey and the bees are certain that the "kids" won't lack for warmth or food. That's why conscientious beekeepers are in the habit of leaving at least 50 lbs (25 kg) of honey in the hive in the fall, and those who are especially caring keep another 20 pounds (10 kg) for each colony around as an emergency reserve to be used for supplemental feeding if necessary.As I mentioned earlier, one of my issues has been trying to define what an "average-strength" and "strong" colony looks like. In his book Beekeeping with a Smile, Lazutin provides the following descriptions for evaluating hive strength. Bear in mind, that one of his extra-deep frames equals 2 deep Lang frames:
|Chow time. Elsa had some nectar, but I want to bulk her up as well, so she gets crystallized honey.|
|LOL! Labeling bottles of syrup in the fridge so that nobody pours it in their coffee.|
|Ragged comb is a tell-tale sign of robbing|