This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Colder Weather

This colder weather that has dropped on us has the bees staying at home. Not much happening for them at the moment. Some beekeepers are still feeding and the bees seem to be able to take it down. It is nice to get the feeding done as quick as possible this time of year. Feeding spurs egg laying because it is a nectar flow. The goal is to get the queen to stop laying and to have a broodless hive.
 The broodless hive consumes much less honey, then the bees will have more for their winter stores.
 The colder weather also brings in the vermin. Mice are looking for a place to winter. Mouse guards or entrance reducers should be in now. Entrance reducers at the large opening.