On and off bee feeding
well in both hives.
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Last time I checked, I
was a bit concerned because my fall
feeding campaign had
the queen in one hive to produce a lot of excess workers, but I needn't have
worried. Once the sugar water went away, I started seeing dead
bees in front of the hive, proving that the colony was just as quick
about deciding to slim their numbers back down so they didn't eat up
their winter stores prematurely.
I decided to feed the
other hive after seeing that they were 10 pounds shy of my winter goal
on October 3. It wasn't entirely purposeful, but since that hive
needed less extra honey, I let the sugar feeder run dry for a day or
two between each feeding, and the boom/bust cycle seems to have
prevented the queen from laying many extra eggs. Some queens are
simply more prone to increasing hive numbers when faced with lots of
sugar water than others, so it's possible this queen is just smarter
than the other one. Either way, though, it seems like making fall
feedings less continuous can't hurt.
With 60 pounds of capped
honey in the daughter hive, 51 pounds in the mother hive, and some
still dehydrating in each, it looks like our bees are ready for winter.