In Fall each full hive gets 2 gallons of medicated syrup per twenty frames. Last week they all got their first gallon. Two colonies were given only one gallon since they are only ten frames in size; Myrina & Nuc #5. The Fumagilin is put in a heavy sugar syrup, 2:1 sugar to water. That's eight pounds of sugar in about two quarts of water.
|Crystallized sugar after one gallon of 2:1 syrup|
Also it's time to close all the Screened Bottom Boards (SBB). Some beeks leave them open but i close mine. I think it helps the bees brood lower in the hive. Slatted Racks aid that as well. Myrina's SBB was replaced with a regular BB with a solid bottom. Mary & Nuc #5 also have the solid BB now. Heléna & Melissa both have the closed off SBB. As does that little September swarm i haven't been talking about.
The next steps toward Winterization will be the final Varroa check & treatment if necessary.