the season is drawing to an end- but I am hoping there might be some last late nectar flows. I have several hives that have frames 90% capped- I am hoping they will fill. I have other Flow hives recently robbed- I am hoping the bees can lay in some more honey before winter- and I have one hive with 3 frames of brood and 7 of 100% capped honey- I am hoping to rob about 5 frames of honey from that one- and that the queen will still have enough time to lay fresh brood into the robbed frames when they are returned.
Basically I am wanting what all beekeepers want: more honey for me and more for the bees.
Can anyone with experience of Adelaide’s honey seasons chime in? Or similar type situations?
currently the days are still warm and sunny and my bees are bringing in pollen. There are still a lot of drones about- and plenty of flowering plants in my surrounding suburbs.
a last thought: is winter honey being unrealistic? Too much to hope for? I plan to leave some flow supers in place as a trial this winter. If there is any forage and I am hoping they may even fill very slowly over winter. Last year we removed the Flow super from my mothers hive at the end of Autumn: the brood box had a few frames of 100% capped honey. At the end of winter when we first inspected the hive: we found those frames still 100% capped and seemingly untouched (capped with dark/old wax). the hive was in good health. Her bees were seen to be foraging through much of the winter months on sunny days. Here in Adelaide winters are generally quite mild- no frosts, etc-
Also I spoke to an Adelaide foot-hills beekeeper and he told me that he gets more honey in the winter than he does in the spring- sue to the secret locations he knows about… he is a migratory beekeeper. He said he could show me around- and tell me things ‘they don’t know at any bee society’ but unfortunately I also got the impression that I would have to convert to a born again Christianity if I was to get along with him…