All feeders removed now and Porter escapes replaced. The amounts taken of sugar syrup range from 14kg(Red ) to 8kg(Yellow).
Apiguard 2nd tray and eke removed from all. Made note of product name/supplier/date applied/batch no.
Time for a final varroa count.
The Silver colony have 9 mites over 28days.
Red, Yellow, Blue, Miniblue have 0 mites! QB got a second opinion - couldn't believe her own eyes!
Replaced varroa tray to reduce chill and strong draughts.
Check insulation is adequate.
Check (regularly) underside of roof is dry. (If not exchange for spare dry and put damp roof in warm place)
Final jobs : to lift broodbox and super above a dry empty super to give them cluster space.
: secure mouseguards.
We're going into 2014 with 2 young red-marked queens (Silver & Miniblue); 2 (2011) white-marked
queens (Yellow & Blue); 1 (2010) blue-marked queen (Red colony) - although I'm hoping they successfully
reared a young queen from the healthy queen cells I found in August. Time will tell.
Next - still got things to prepare for next year and for Mickley Garden Centre (actually Tyne Valley GC) Christmas Fare 16/17th Nov.
Keep Happy QB