Distilled water, herbs, vinegar, honey concoction
Beekeeper D exclaims “drink up, bees!”
Justin attaches the feeder to the hive and the bees immediately go for the honey, herbal, vinegar concoction.
Calm Before the Storm
“Without husbandry, “soil science” too easily ignores the community of creatures that live in and from, that make and are made by, the soil. Similarly, “animal science” without husbandry forgets, almost as a requirement, the sympathy by which we recognize ourselves as fellow creatures of the animals.””
We had a brief respite between storms yesterday. The sun came out for people and animals to enjoy. But not for long. Another substantial storm is supposed to dump another couple inches on us Wednesday and Thursday.
Since the bees aren’t able to fly in such inclement weather and with colder temperatures we are concerned over the health of the hive since we “robbed” it this year of 25 lbs of honey. Beekeeper D, having nearly 30 years experience of raising bees, was careful to leave some honey behind for the broods. But one never knows how bad or long a winter it will be.
So just to be on the safe side Beekeeper D and J whipped up and herbal, vinegar and honey concoction that Jordanne had read about in one of her holistic animal books.
This mixture not only supplements their diet but also keeps the bees healthy. Or so it says.
Normally, Beekeeper D would, if the weather was bad, supplement the bees diet with honey or sugar water but nowadays we are moving towards a more healthy and holistic approach. We want to keep this hive strong and free of disease as best we can with natural methods. Would hate to find it filled with Varroa Mites or empty due to CCD.
In winter time it’s not advisable to open the hive because bees are conserving their heat and resources and disturbing them would do more harm than good. So we just have to wait and hope the bees are doing well. Beekeeper D check in on them in late Fall and everything seem to be OK. We’ll do another hive assessment in Spring.
I bet you are wondering why to we now have the bees in typical Langstroth Hive rather that the Top Bar. When we captured the feral swarm last spring we tried the top bar method for awhile but the bees kept making comb opposite the tbh frames. That got messy and very destructive to the bee colony. This summer we made the switch from TB to LH. Why? After a couple tries of trying to train the bees to build their combs parallel instead of perpendicular we figured these bees weren’t trainable with the old queen.
We could keep trying but felt this would risk the strength and health of the hive. Beekeeper D figured was best to focusing on building a strong colony and then we can (with the Langstroth frames) in the spring go in and easily divide a new colony into the Top Bar Hives that we do have.
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