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“Never trust a woman, even though she has given you ten sons,” Chinese Proverb
That’s a fitting quote given that my hive is full of sons (drones). This is a heartbreaking event so late in the year.
While doing a little winter preparation, I opened up the first hive (Hive-VSH) and found that it was full of drones. I felt sick. It was also full of beetles. Though neither issue seemed to be effecting the health of the hive – for now.
Hive-B.1.1, despite having issues earlier, has managed to make a come back but is still a little on the weak side with only about 8 frames of honey.
Without removing any frames I looked for signs of brood but didn’t see any. I suppose the queens have quit l
aying for the winter. It was a bad idea anyway but I thought I might stick an egg in Hive-VSH in hopes that they might make a queen before the frost set in.
However, after watching the YouTube video (the picture above is linked) I’ve decided to merge VSH and B.1.1 together. I was already leaning in that direction but the video pushed me over the edge. So if this causes both hives to die, then I’ll blame that YouTuber.
I have taken the next 9 days off from work for Thanksgiving. I plan to use the time to get my wood shop cleaned up (it got pretty disorganized throughout the bee season) and to start building hives for next year.
I also plan to build a new beetle trap and try it out over the winter. I’ve made a little sketch here.
Next Blog will be on how I merged the two hives. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving.