Welcome, Guest

Author Topic: New apiary, bees are starving  (Read 438 times)

Offline sawdstmakr

  • Global Moderator
  • Galactic Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 9035
  • Gender: Male
Re: New apiary, bees are starving
« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2018, 07:46:32 pm »
South,
Put the sheet of news paper down, then the sugar and sprinkle or better yet use a spray bottle to moisten it.
If it is your honey, not bought, and it?s legal then you can use it.
I do not recommend using lemongrass oil in a hive for any reason except in swarm traps.
For insulation I use foam boards that have foil on both sides and put them in the lids. I have also used foam boards and added foil, real duct tape, to improve the insulation value.
Jim
"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed.  If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."--Mark Twain

Offline ed/La.

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 110
  • Gender: Male
Re: New apiary, bees are starving
« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2018, 07:07:46 pm »
If in relevantly  damp environment you do not need water. Sugar will absorb water from hive and air. .  Put sugar on news paper and it should get hard. Takes some moisture out of hive.

Offline SouthAussieBeekeeper

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 52
  • Gender: Male
Re: New apiary, bees are starving
« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2018, 09:59:24 pm »
I ended up leaving four supers with just a brood box, nothing else on top. With three other hives, I left a Manley super in top of the brood chamber. I wasn't sure if this was a mistake, but they had a decent amount of structure and I felt it might have been too cramped trying to put them into a single brood box.

I removed the hive mat and put newspaper on top. I made a syrup using half honey, half water and placed it into sand which bags, which I left open with many holes pinches into it with a nail. I then covered the paper and bag with white sugar. The syrup helped moisten the sugar, I also sprinkled a little bit of water on it.

On the seven hives I used about 6 kilos of honey and 12 kilos of sugar. Im very surprised by how quickly they ate into it. I gave some hives a top up of sugar before I left, as they ate it so fast that a decent chunk of it was already removed during the dew hours that I was there.

I checked and confirmed that the hive does indeed have a queen. She wasn't laying anythhing at all though. I hope with the amount of sugar I gave them, that they'll reconsider this.

In how many days would it be suitable to check up on them again?

Offline sawdstmakr

  • Global Moderator
  • Galactic Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 9035
  • Gender: Male
Re: New apiary, bees are starving
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2018, 08:45:30 am »
During the winter, you should only be checking the sugar that is in the top of the hive. I never take a hive apart during winter unless I suspect it is dead or in serious trouble.
Jim
"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed.  If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."--Mark Twain