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beegraham
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: TopBarHiveProgress is looking good. Reply with quote

My four colonies each seen bringing in copious amounts of yellow pollen today 12thOctober. 19DegC and part sunny weather. Fed with fondant and syrup over the past six weeks but I believe they have plenty of stores by now. I think its about time to leave them feed on the Ivy - there is plenty round here.
One colony still has drones coming and going.
One is likely to run out of space next spring but the other three have ample space with their respective hives at only half capacity. Very Happy
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Barbara
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to hear your colonies are doing well. Yes the ivy is supplying them with an abundance of yellow pollen and nectar at the moment with this mild weather. I can't remember seeing my hives so active in October!
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine too Barbara. And I had already left them plenty for the winter so I have little doubt I will be able to take some honey in the spring, probably an average of one super per hive for my nationals and a full box from the Warre. plus a good few bars from the HTBH's.

Dave
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