Bee Keeping with a change of Altitude
Bee Keeping with a change of Attitude Altitude
Our stock of bees has built up over the 6 years that we have lived here, from an original acquired swarm of uncertain provenance.
This particular hive was amalgamated from 2 colonies last Autumn, so a lot of bees went into the Winter. The hive is a WBC with a solid floor, so this probably kept them warmer than a National with a mesh floor.
They were treated just with Apiguard in Autumn, with NO oxalic acid treatment. So from that you can probably draw your own conclusions!! They started off on a single brood in Spring, and as you can see, they had built up to a double brood by June 1st.
Another factor could be that they were moved from a height of 850 feet above sea level down to below 400 feet in Spring.
Having said all this, our other colony in a National hive with a mesh floor, having had the same treatment, started off in Spring on a single brood and again by June 1st was a very strong brood and a half. Currently (July 24th) it has 4 supers on, 2 off which are full. Of the WBC hive that was split into 4, the nuclei are all now back up to full broods with supers on.
Summary – a good colony of bees going into Winter with ample food supply, minimal treatment and disturbance during cold weather, and each time they are inspected they are dusted with icing sugar and have no varoa problem. The bees have done far better at this lower altitude than ever they did before. I have never introduced any different strain of queen or bees into the apiary, always retaining swarms or producing nucs.