Monday, August 16, 2010
My #3 hive, started from a package this spring, had been doing well up until about a week or so ago, when I noticed that they were becoming a bit less active than before. The goldenrod hadn't quite started blooming, so I figured that they were just hanging back until the flow started. NO, not that simple. I checked them Saturday, and they had no stores, no brood (!!) and NO QUEEN! I don't know what might have happened, but was able to get another queen yesterday from my bee mentor, put her in, filled the feeder and added a pollen patty. Now to wait a few days and check to see if she was released. Hopefully they will be able to build up for the winter - otherwise I'll have to do a combine with another hive. One thing I have found is that I learn something every time I go out to the hives, even if I just stand there and watch.