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Fall Hive Brood Nest

August 31, 2021 1 Comment

Fall Hive Brood Nest

In August, we are already planning for the fall and really the next beeekeeping season is beginning. By now, everyone has removed honey (if you had any this year!). A reminder for new beekeepers, you need to ensure to leave enough honey for the bees to overwinter. A two box hive may weigh around 100-150 lbs for overwintering right now (See how to weigh your hive). 

It's also very important to be feeding. The feeding window can be very short as the temperatures drop. Make sure you are feeding by the first weekend in September. For fall feeding you need to use a 15 kg fall feeding pail. This feeds a large quantity of syrup. You will also need to provide a protein for the bees, this can be pollen patties as well as Hiveworld's brood powder (remember, bees need protein to rear brood). See our fall feeding guide.

WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOUR HIVE

In a two box, langstroth hive, your queen should be in the bottom box laying, and the top box should be full of the honey the bees need for winter stores. It’s important to give the queen enough room to lay eggs in the bottom box. This is called "setting the brood nest" for the fall. The eggs she lays now and into September will be the new bees that overwinter in the hive. These bees live longer and will take the hive through the winter. These will also be the same bees that rear brood in the spring time. 

TIP: Right now, you want to see bees on 10-12 frames, this would be a minimum requirement on a two box hive. You also want to see a minimum of 7 frames of mostly capped brood.

The more bees you have in the colony by the end of September, the larger your cluster will be for overwintering. As temperatures drop, the bees will cluster to keep the hive temperature constant. Having enough bees and brood for overwintering is important.

Fall Hive Management Reminders (watch more fall tips): 

  • Place an entrance reducer now to keep pests and critters out. 
  • Start feeding 2:1 syrup by the first weekend in September.
  • Test for varroa mites and treat as necessary watch how to test
  • Do Nosema treatments with Fumagilin-B or other options

Need supplies or have questions? Call or email us, and our customer service team will be happy to help! Want to learn more? Check out our video library.

 

 

Formic Pro - 2 Dose Varroa Treatment (4 Strips)

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Fumigilin-B

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Oxalic Acid Dihydrate 99% - 70g (Treats 40 Colonies)

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Hiveworld 2-Storey Bee Cozy (Winter Hive Wrap)

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Laura Saunders
Laura Saunders

September 17, 2021

I checked my hive yesterday and I found lots of honey,but I did not find any brood or eggs, is it possible to requeen now?

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