Hive Inspection – 20170907

Summary of hive inspections at Jehovah Jireh apiary, September 7, 2017. Today marks the end of a 24-day enforced brood break in Hive 2. We therefore released the existing queen from isolation. We originally planned to requeen today, using an egg frame from one of the other colonies. But we decided on advice from our mentor to leave the existing queen due to the lateness of the season. We administered the last of three planned powdered sugar sprinkles in all three hives. The sugar shakes and brood break are part of our attempt to bring the Varroa mite population down going into winter.