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Three top bar hives doing well

 
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beegraham
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:49 am    Post subject: Three top bar hives doing well Reply with quote

Feeding syrup but no honey harvested to date. Hopefully I shall do so next year.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If these are strong colonies I personally would not feed, assuming they have some stores of their own. If I felt they needed topping up, I would probably give them a 500 mls jar every few days, so that they are foraging in between rather than just filling up on syrup..... nectar is healthier for them.

You need to do whatever you can to help prevent those wasps getting in. Place a screen across the entrance or reduce it down to one hole, maybe even a half and ensure that there are no other gaps that wasps can get in.... I know your hives are beautifully made and probably don't have any gaps but timber can warp and shrink, especially during the summer and it's easy for small gaps to open up without you being aware until you see wasps dancing around the hive and then disappearing from view.

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