Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Last Winter inspection

The detection of a wax moth larvae at the entrance of the hive required that one last inspection be made to assess the damage. October 20rst was a 60 degree day, so I decided to make my last inspection on that day.
The colony was occupying 3 of the 5 hive sections. The fourth section had two frames with combs that were removed from the 3rd hive section on August 4th, to try to get the bees to move to the fourth section. Not only that didn't work, but the empty frames that were inserted in the third body to replace the removed frames were not refilled with combs, so I actually reduced the size of the brood nest in an attempt to increase it.
The top section was filled with honey on 8 frames, with 2 hollow frames, one at each end.
The second section had 8 frames as well with 2 hollow frames. The 8 frames were partially empty.
The third section had 8 frames with combs (partially empty) with the 2 outer frames empty. These two frames were replaced with hollow frames.
Hollow frames are frames that are blocked out with a piece of thin plywood, to constrict brood area and improve insulation.
Section 4 and 5 were removed, the hive was closed up, and a piece of metal roofing was placed on top of it, to protect from the coming heavy rains.

This last inspection was a strong disturbance for the colony. The following day, everything looked back to normal. I am crossing my fingers for the next winter.

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