Cooler temps are now in place. And the next few nights will be the coldest nights of Fall 2013, with temps predicted to be in the upper 30s.
I arrived at the farm shortly after 3 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013. Time to refill the feeders and check on the ladies before a long work week. It was cool, but not cold. Temp was around 64° F. Maybe slightly cooler when the sun went behind a cloud.
No bees outside the Italian hive or the East hive when I walked out to check on the status. As I walked in front of the hive to peer into the entrance, a couple of guard bees sauntered out to greet me. Both hives seemed to have settled in for the season, at least for the time being. Forecast has colder weather on tap for a few days, at least at night.
Much more activity around the swarm colony. More than a few bees buzzing around the front of the hive and it looked like bees were still out foraging.
When I checked the feeders, the Italians had emptied theirs. The East hive still had at least 8 ounces left. The swarm hive had several containers still quite full. I left each hive with nearly a gallon of sugar syrup. Will check on them again this weekend. I sure hope I’m doing this right. Don’t want them to deplete their stores at this time.