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  1. Phillip
    October 4, 2010

    A quick summation:

    The absence of larvae does not mean the absence of a queen, at least not in the fall season, because most young queens like ours will stop laying eggs by September (a revelation to us). This word comes from the beekeeper who sold us our bees. We were advised to play it safe and not combine our hives into a one big hive, because if two queens are present, they could kill each other and then we’d be left with one big queenless hive that would be dead before Xmas. {Deep sigh.} So the queen may be alive, she may be dead. {Sigh.} Either way, we’re not messing with either of the hives for the rest of the year. We’ll feed them for a few more weeks and then wrap them up and hope they survive the winter.

  2. Jeff
    October 4, 2010

    Phillip,

    Don’t buy any covers. I’ll fill you in on the details later.

  3. Phillip
    October 4, 2010

    Cool. I bought some of the materials for making an insulated winter cover, but some regular covers I ordered from Beemaid aren’t available for a while.

  4. Jeff
    October 4, 2010

    Will explain later.

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