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It's almost the middle of October and the bees are staying close to the hive this past week. High winds and cool nights gave the bees a chance to clean house and prepare for the coming winter. Friday (Oct 11) we will have visitors who want to learn a bit about the bees and the means which they are kept. The hope is we might gain yet another advocate for the bees locally. It causes concern when you see cotton fields sprayed with defoliant to rush the harvest, weeds controlled by Monsanto, insecticide trucks spraying the pecan groves, and crop dusting with whatever the farmer needs. We cleaned and prepared the CEBA observation hive to be returned and we are preparing our single frame observation box this weekend. The sunsets have been 'beeutiful' oranges and golden yellow scattered amongst the light blue sky before darkness falls.
Soon the screen bottom boards will be closed up with the inserts to track mites and keep the hives warmer. Mixtures of sugar water are soon prepared to supplement the honey stores of 2013. This begins the time new boxes are prepared for spring splits, maintenance on old boxes to look fresh for another year. We urge all beekeepers to take this time to stock up on supplies such as new boxes and frames, veils and jackets, replace damaged smokers, sharpen your hive tools, repaint all surfaces exposed to the elements (but don't move bees to new boxes once the temperatures dip below 60℉. Keep your bees warm and dry and the queen will reward you in Spring with a hardy burst of population.🐝
Mark & Ruth Mettler
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