Just a quick look at my hives today to check they have taken enough stores down for winter.  They all seemed to be a bit light on stores for this time of year but had stopped taking down the sugar syrup. As the weather is starting to get cool I may have to stop feeding sugar as it needs to be a certain temperature for the bees to reduce the water content to a level where it won’t ferment. Any further feeding will need to be with a fondant or inverted syrup.

A quick look in hive 3 showed the old queen still soldering on, but with a very small brood nest and a very poor brood pattern.20141005_130041

I still hold some hope there is a new queen in here, if not I feel this hive is certain to fail during the winter months. I will probably have to leave them to it now.

Hive Inspection 5/10/14