Are the hives strong?
No, not really. One hive is better than the other two,
one is so weak that we can't figure out what is happening.
It's almost like they don't know what to do. That one is
the combination of the two week hives from our original
They were hungry though. There has been plenty for them to eat.
First the wild grapes bloomed, garden flowers, the elderberry fields
down the road and wildflowers. My daughter had left a
Mountain Dew on the porch table so I poured it out over
the rail which meant that some hit the bushes.
The bees flocked to it and suddenly we had hundreds
of bees licking the sugar off the leaves.
I gave them some sugar syrup in the same manner
and the flocked there. Lots and lots of bees.
So we filled their sugar feeders and the strong hive
ate it all immediately. The second hive about half of it
and the third hive had no clue.
I also saw some small beetles which may or may
not be a problem.
We'll go visit our beekeeper store this weekend and discuss it.
I don't think we'll get honey.
Our best hope is that the bees survive the winter!