Feeding bees

Yesterday we made up fresh patties for the bees anticipating nice weather today. Today we started opening the hives and putting in the feed. I was happy with the hives overall, some looked very strong, a couple had small clusters but still looked not to bad for the time of year. I took photos on the first hive we opened, which turned out to be one of the weaker colonies.

Overall a good day. Besides feeding the bees in the back, we started prepping more equipment anticipating more packages next month. We want to expand more than is realistic from splits this year, so we will start 10 more colonies from packages as soon as they are available. Stan at the Flying Dutchman in Nanaimo will provide them again this year. Barring a catastrophe in years going forward, this should be the last time we bring in spring packages.