Sunday, February 13, 2011

January 29th Inspection

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A warm end to January was an opportunity to open up the hive and do a brief inspection. We found a large colony was in good shape and still had plenty of honey stores in the upper box.

The lower box was quite light and mostly empty. We've saved a few full frames of honey from last fall that we are ready to give back to them if they seem to be running low, but they weren't ready for it just yet.

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Just after this inspection the weather turned very cold and we had quite a cold spell with temps dropping to -20 overnight. Today the we were back in the 60s and they were once again out flying. We'll check again in late February or early March and see if they need the extra honey.

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Carol said...

When you save frames of honey..how do you store it?

2-Wheeler said...

@Carol, We usually store extra honey frames in big plastic bins with tight lids until we need them. It helps that we use the same frame sizes for our honey supers as we use for the brood box. That way we can always slip an extra honey frame in in late-winter if they need it.