My name is Mary McIvor and Dave has asked that I make an occasional post as one of the newbies to beekeeping. I am so excited the bees are coming tomorrow--I feel like an expectant mother!
I have so many questions and I also have concerns about how to tell how my hives are doing. My idea is that we share information about what we are observing with our new hives and discuss what we find. Maybe this way we can tell if we are doing okay by our bees. Dave and Craig, feel free to let us know if you notice anything in our posts that concerns you or, even better, that you find promising!
The second benefit I see is that it might encourage us to keep better hive records. Let's wait until after the next weekend to give everyone a chance to watch your bees for a week or so, then you can comment on this post.
This week's request is that you give us some feedback about how much sugar water your bees are consuming.
- Are your hives feeding at the same rate?
- It would be helpful if you could estimate how many quarts per week, so our units are the same.
- After a few weeks, it might help us determine when the bees have discovered a nectar flow, as consumption of sugar water should decline.
- If you can also give your general area, we may even be able to track differences between hives in various parts of the Methow.