August 21, 2010
Several friends have asked me recently how our feral hive is doing. In one word- fantastic! Hive three (my feral hive) is by far the strongest of the three. When I take the inner cover off, the bees are literally brimming over the top- and that’s with two hive bodies and three honey supers- in other words, they have lots of room. And, they’ve produced lots and lots of honey.
At a recent San Mateo County Beekeeper’s Guild meeting, there was some “buzz” (sorry) in the group that everyone’s feral hives were their strongest hives. Many beekeepers think that this is because the feral bees are the best adapted to our particular climate. Interesting. We’ll see how hive three does with mite resistance over the next year or so.
Meanwhile, I had to re-queen hives one and two. The good news is that the colonies accepted both queens, and there’s lots of brood and honey as we start to wind down for autumn. All in all, things are going well.