It seems right now the Maple flow is amazing. The mature trees are blooming on consecutive days instead of all at once. This gives the bees a prolonged flow & pollen source. The trees that bloomed first have been picked dry and are now closer to seed growth. While more large trees are breaking bloom each day or so.
Might the Tea be another bad idea. I had thawed a bunch of full honey frames for the last inspection; in case the bees needed a resupply of honey. Once they thawed out the tray they were on and the deep they were in became covered in dripping honey. Today was warm so i put the tray outside for the bees to clean off. In fact i placed it between the two hives to guarantee they would find it. Well, this is what that tray looked like six hours later...
|Empty Buffet Line !?|
So I can't tell if the bees like the Tea. They're taking it slowly which is more than what they are doing to the free honey. Does that count? When I open fed them the Tea before the bloom started they were all over it. That's all I know for now.
|They're always on it but not many|
|Look who came to help|
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The Ventilation issue still confuses me. The hive, Myrina, has never had a moisture problem. Yet, here she is with water practically running off the t-cover. What i did was add Another Vent Box atop the one she already had. It looks like this.
|Note how much Tea/syrup is still left|
- The cluster is directly beneath the HTF
- The t-cover is new to the hive but used and a year old
- The Tea/Syrup seems to have a thinner consistency than syrup
- The other hive has the same setup but no problem