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Are my hives honeybound?

The plan looks like its working mate!

Had a quick look today and all the extra frames I’ve put into the colonies were at least half drawn and all with eggs!

I just hope the weather stays warmish enough for the next 3 weeks that the brood doesn’t get chilled

I put pollen patties on because I haven’t noticed much pollen coming in. Do I put the pollen patties above or below the hive mat?

Also, most of them have finished their 2L feeders in 3 days. Wouldn’t it stimulate more if it was smaller bursts of feed? Say 1L?

Glad to read the update RaniK that the colony has the room to expand and the feeding is working to stimulate the bees to making comb and room for the queen to lay eggs.
As you have insulated the hives that will make it easier for the colony to maintain the inside temperature in the hive. As the bee numbers build up it will get easier for the bees.
If you need to add pollen patties then put it on top of the hive mat, it is a hard one to advise if you need to feed the bees pollen, when I was in the Hawkesbury I never had a shortage of pollen there. I would think if you look at bees returing to the hive and about 30% are bringing in pollen then they probably are foraging enough. Actually up here I have to remove frames of pollen, the bees don’t seem to accept enough is enough and the frames become pollen bound.
If the colony is going thru 2L of syrup in 3 days then it is because they need it to make comb and to get the colony up to normal hive strength and maybe even build up their stores for Winter. I would feed them constantly as as much as they take till they stop. When the colony is finding enough nectar from flowers they will take up less syrup. Cutting back on syrup won’t stimulate them, it will have the opposite effect. Once all the frames are built out with comb and the frames are covered with bees if the store cells are empty you might then consider feeding 2:1 sugar to water till there is food to get them thru to Spring in the cells.

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Quick questions Peter, every how often do you sterilise your feeders?

Should I be washing them every time I refill?

I use hot water out of my hot water system to dissolve the sugar faster. I really doubt the feeders need sterilizing too much but I play it safe and soak them in Nappy-San when they have been on a hive for 4 weeks or when I have finished feeding that hive before doing another. I don’t rinse between refills, I use an air tight 20 litre plastic jerry can with a tap on it.
I know another bee keeper who doesn’t even rinse them out when he finishes using them and says he doesn’t see the point.
A busy day for me, one of my regulars rang me last night with an order of 70Kg’s of honey for a pick up tomorrow. Some of my Poly hives were honey bound so I extracted 4 frames from each hive to fill the order.
Really cold today here, just made 26C at the apiary…

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Yeah I had some syrup sitting outside for the last week or so, even though it hasn’t been warm here over the week I think I should dump it and make another batch.
I’m starting to see some greyish spots on the white pale feeders.

I’m thinking of putting in some citric acid and apple cider to prolong its life. Also considering adding some vitamin C… Thoughts?

By the way, what did you mean when you said “just made 26C at the apiary…”?

The grey spots sounds like bacteria so I would sterilize them. I would only make up enough syrup the night before you put in in the hive. The only additive I add is a table spoon of sea salt in 20 liters of syrup. Just an observation but bees will head for a salt water swimming pool in preference to clean water.
There is a video on YouTube with research on bees going to 5 different offerings, tap water was the least visited (maybe they don’t like the smell of chlorine in tap water) but by far the most visited was the water with sea salt added. I don’t recall what the other 3 had added to them.

Yesterday it only got to 26 Celsius at my apiary, the coldest day so far this season.

That’s very interesting, haven’t seen that before. He used 1 teaspoon per litre. But obviously that’s for water. So stick to 1tablespoon per 20l of syrup?
I have the pink himalayan salt

You’re lucky mate, the warmest days we’re having top out at 19C

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