So, yesterday the sun came out, the first time in a very long time. It was pretty cold. I watched the weather and the sun on the apiary. Lots of it.
About 1:00 P.M. I decided that it looked good enough for me myself to go out and tend the bees. Mixed the s.s. and O.A. and off I went, syringe in hand, blue gloves on. The bees don't seem to mind the latex blue gloves that I wear, I haven't yet been stung when wearing them when I don't want my fingers mucky or sticky, and man can they get mucky, sticky with bee stuff sometimes. That propolis is a humdinger!!!
I had 5 hives to check. Started on the south side. Oh dear, very poor colony. Too bad, it was one of the strongest, had only 2 frames of bees all huddled on the south side wall. I drizzled about 10 ml on them anyways. I have further thought with this colony, but that is another story. Went into the second hive and third. Both looked pretty strong with 6 frames of bees or so, each one was in a different position in the hive than each other. Interesting how each hive clustered in a different spot inside. Anyways, 25 ml each for them. They certainly are not the strong, strong winter clusters that Finsky posted his hives at. But I think that they will be fine. Hive #4 was dead. Narry a bee alive, it was a sad sight, many bees just frozen in space, it made me sad. But I was not sure if this colony would have made it anyways, it was very very weak to begin with. I probably should have united it, but just didn't do it cause of terrible weather. Colony #5, which was s swarm that I caught in a town about 40 km away last summer was doing great too. 6 frames of bees, more full than the other colonies. 25 ml for them. That was the end of the treatment. I hope that it blows any varroa mites that may still be in the colonies right off the face of the planet. I have a vengence for this predator, and I have no bones about speaking it to the world or letting the varroa know too.
I cleaned out dead bees that were on the bottomboard and moved the entrance reducer and removed dead bees from behind it too. The bees were not overly annoyed when I was working with them. Just a few that wanted to give me their two cents worth, but no stings. I think they like the blue gloves, LOL. So, that was the treatment that I should have done about 2 weeks ago, but it was done. Great day. Cindi