Thanks, RAB. I know they know best, but I was already concerned the box was under weight, but it was an awful lot lighter than when I hefted it last to get an idea of what it was like after I was more encouraged by their progress..psafloyd,
They will not be flying for nothing. Bees are not that stupid. Cleansing flights, water, nectar and pollen are the options (along with short orientation flights for young bees). So they are likely bringing back water to dilute honey for brood food.
It's difficult isn't it when you don't have the experience to know what " enough " feels like and it's too cold to go for a nosey in there. I must say that when we put the mouse guard on, they had stuck the entrance block down so I had to lift the hive back a bit so we could unstick the block, and I thought it was much lighter than when I lifted it all by mistake after they'd glued the brood box to the super when replacing the thymol strips. I'm going to discuss it with my mentor, but I know what you mean.Thanks, RAB. I know they know best, but I was already concerned the box was under weight, but it was an awful lot lighter than when I hefted it last to get an idea of what it was like after I was more encouraged by their progress..
I am encouraged they are active on reasonable days, but fear they won't have sufficient stores without more feeding.
Ours is a hawiian carni queen. The weather has been very cold up here for a long time now. I don't know if I'm right, it's just a feeling I have. I may be totally wrong....this is the dilemma when you have no experience with how heavy something should feel.Italian queen by any chance? Or maybe from NZ? If they don't know when to slow brooding and end up eating themselves out of house and home (food converted to larvae), you may well have an on-going problem.
minus 4 this morning !You are right not to believe it. I think your thermometer must have been directly in the sun and so needs a more reliable position in order to reliably measure the air temperature.
Of course if you have 17 degrees C and can spare a little . . . I'm sure that we would all be eternally, well for a few seconds, grateful.