Random thoughts about my gardening and beekeeping experiences in Northern California's El Dorado County.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
7.5 gallons - hmmm baby...
yup - the weird weather didnt seem to impact honey production too much. if you followed my 12 swarm captures (mostly from my own hives) i figured i would experience a poor honey harvest. well, we saw a 50% increase from last year (2010 saw 5 gallons). i also had queen issues early in the year - which i believe was the result of me swapping the brood supers - resulting in queen supersedure and subsequent swarming.
so 2012 will see no brood box swaps and as i re-queened with new world carniolans in late june, i am hoping that they will avoid swarming - as that trait is downplayed in the nwc strain.
time will tell.
as of this week i have applied the winter prep medicine to reduce the varroa mite and have 6 strong hives. i do have 1 hive (the 7th) that i will be break down shortly, its having wax moth issues - and that is an indicator of other factors causing a failing hive. i will set out the honey in that hive and have the other hives rob it and add to their winter stores.