This was the year of “Attentive Beekeeping” and over all it was a success.
I have not medicated at all since the first year.
I did not have an ant problem this year.
Two hives successfully ended up with new queens.
I would say the biggest thing I learned this year would be to take honey as soon as any frame is completely capped. In August I had A LOT of honey in the strongest hive but by September there seemed to be very little in that same hive. The honey stores for the winter seem top be almost non existant in all of the hives. I am thinking I will be feeding them a lot this winter.
Finding the proper balance of adding supers is an area I need to work on. I have over supered ever since the first year where I had swarms but I am not sure this is the way to go. They need room to grow but when there are too many supers and too much room they are not able to utilize the excess supers and they remain empty. I removed a super off two of the hives this September in an attempt to consolidate their hive for the winter. I am hoping they will more effectively use the hive this way.Striking a balance is my goal for next year.
I need to look into why I had a lot of honey in August and very little this month…could it be robbing or a dearth or aliens???