The 2019 Beekeeping season is now complete. The fall feeders have been removed from the hives. Mountain Camp sugar mounds have been applied for emergency food supplies. And my quilt boxes (Vivaldi boards) are all set.
After failing with both of my (last year) hives in late winter, I started fresh this year with a nice strong local NUC - from bees that overwintered here in Michigan. Later in the season, I purchased a second NUC, and found it to be loaded with queen cells, so I split it. I also "accidentally" hatched my own queen this year, caged the queen, and marked her as well. I've also got a pretty good handle / process on feeding now, but I do need to improve my timing quite a bit in that area. Looking forward to 2020, and hope you guys come along with me for the ride! There's a LOT more still to learn :-)
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