I was offered a hive to night at the Christmas fayre and selling my goodies.
Owner has ended up in hospital from bee stings and has to give up after 3 years.
I want to go inspect them before I bring them to my place; apart from the usual checks, varroa, treatments, and other hive checks, brood, queen right, food for winter, I’m concerned the weather at the moment is a little cold and wet.
Any suggestions from beeks in colder climates apart from get in and out quick, on a mild day; ie how can I tell if it s the winter cluster a good size and how many bees should be in a typical wintering hive.
It’s in a national - I have some national kit, I was wondering if I should split it into a double Poly nuc to keep better over winter?