What did you do in the bee yard today? August 25, 2013

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The rain today reinforced what I already knew to be true…my hives are not ready for winter.  Yes, that is a recycled desk top in use as a roof in the foreground hive, and no, it won’t keep out winter rains.

In the course of keeping up with an early population boom, I made many splits, often resorting to some pretty slap-dash equipment use.  The migratory top on the next hive is also not particularly rain-proof.  In order to get my bees into serviceable equipment for the winter, I will have to do some combining.  This means making some hard choices about which queens to keep, and which to find new homes for.  There are a few obvious choices–the late season swarm and small splits.  Good queens, but not enough season left in both cases.  But as for the rest…painful choices ahead!

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