Filed under: bees, farm | Tags: bees, feeding, healthy beehive, nosema, overwintering, unhealthy beehive
The bees were out yesterday, and man did they have to go! I checked the hives this morning and here’s how they looked.
It’s supposed to be yellow poop. And when it’s brown it indicates that they have nosema–a fungal infection. Yuck. I looked around online for pictures, but couldn’t find a lot of images that would help me confirm. So, bee friends, what do you think? Yellow or brown? Should I be worried or not?
I put some granulated sugar on a paper in Stelle. The bees were walking around the top so I think they’ll find it ok. When I opened Louis, I was surprised that I really couldn’t see any bees!! There were one or two walking around up top, but I couldn’t see the ball o bees. Oh no, I thought, I’ve lost a hive. But listening in, I could hear them. They’re still somewhere down in the second stack. So Louis is doing extremely well. I hope!
Sure am getting excited to see how they fare into the spring. We’re going to take Beekeeping 102 (the second season) in March. Looking forward to that, as I’m not really sure what we do if we get them through the winter.
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