Put it straight on the top bars if you are really worried.I‘m concerned this year though, that one colony, which is robust, is a little light on stores but won’t take the fondant down.
Really interesting and fascinated by beekeepers experiences, hoping my two hives are going to survive, but it's our first winter and still learningAverage 150 including 20 to 30 nucs ( some doubles overwintering to replace losses)
loose around 10% on average per year... some simply do not make it through winter, badgers and wasps probably account for a few plus woodpeckers attacking some of the pollys.... and in many seasons but one mouse!
We have lost some to vandalism... and in that I include colonies destroyed under order of bee inspectorate due to EFB and AFB. The EFB spread by itinerant swarm collectors not having the nouse to isolate for a couple of brood cycles and get them checked by SBI before selling (£100 a pop including foul brood!) Never have found the source of the disease although it was suspected that a beekeeper brought it in from out of county in one year.
AFB almost certain from infected honey being brought in from Cataluna Spain to make up horse feed next to the infected apiary.... colonies and hives destroyed by fire under the supervision of our SBI... the case was investigated and now the people making up the horse feed have moved away....
But of course with notifyable diseases, you can point the finger of blame... but never prove it!!
Bet you wish you never asked!
One winter Quince in Somerset lost the lot... but I believe they decided not to feed them!Winter 5 for me and I've 35 colonys.
I've concerns for 4 colonys.
Like Newbeeneil maybe should of united them only time will tell.
As yet I've not lost any over winter (true fact) I know its inevitable its going to happen.
Year 1 1 hive
2, 3 hives
3 10 hives
4 10 hives
5 this winter 35 hives.
The natives seem to be frugal with stores.... get some fondant in stock just in case and do not be afraid to use it.I love what you call folk apple.
Maybe they opted for natural selection?
18 of my colonys haven't been feed but I will be keeping a close eye on them.
Massive! Fingers X.Will overwinter 220 full colonies and about 60nucs...Expect to lose about 10%....
The long term average for me...
As I have only just finished feeding...
Used 4000kg of syrup....more than usual but here the Ivy barely yielded...
I can already see 5 full colonies and a couple of the nucs are failing due to Q failure probably...
I have fondant, how did you know that the 18 colony that haven't been feed are natives.. You my friend are a wizard!The natives seem to be frugal with stores.... get some fondant in stock just in case and do not be afraid to use it.
You can not steal all their honey and not feed them... especially those yellow stripey exotics!