Hi All, NewBee here.
I’m approximately 25km North of Perth, WA. We have had great sunny weather during May and night time temps now getting down to 9-6c. Generally June temps are around 21-9c and July 18-4c with some occasional frosty nights.
I have 2 flow 2 hives. Only the brood boxes have been worked with, for about 5 months now, since the nuc’s were installed.
On my last inspections, 1.5 weeks ago I found all frames 80-85% full with a mix of brood, honey and capped cells and all looks healthy.
The bees are quite active at the moment, still a lot of orientation flying every day, the wattles are just coming into flower and we still have a lot of native shrubs in flower.
I installed a super on both brood boxes 1 week ago with the flat board on top of the super (the board with the round hole in the middle) I don’t intend to harvest any honey before winter.
I am hoping to boost the bee population in both hives, ready for the next Spring Flow.
All this is some back ground info, now to the questions.
I am feeding 1:1 sugar syrup to both hives and will continue this through winter, about 1 litre each per week or more if they need it.
Will the Queen continue laying through winter and produce more brood ?
What is the lowest night temp the bees can cope with before the hive gets too cold ?
So far this year we are way behind our average rain fall, -83mm. We are on rain water tanks here and I probably have about just over a month water left, if we don’t get any rain. must be to do with climate change. Anyway I’m getting off topic here.
The question is, if we continue to have below average rain fall over winter, could that set up conditions for a Dearth this coming Spring ?
Sorry for being so long winded and hope the questions make some sense.