… is not enough to get the full picture of what’s going on in your hive.
My first bees, a swarm from the middle of June have been doing their own thing ever since I homed them. They’ve only ever built into one box, but that should be ok, plenty of other people are in the same situation. They’re busy, fly in poor weather, fight off wasps and continue to bring in pollen.
But I weighed the top box last week (12th week of occupancy) and it only weighed 7.8kg, which with a 2.6kg box means that the contents amount to 5.2kg. Whilst initially worried, there’s still time for the bees to add more stores. However, I weighed them again today and it’s down to 4.9kg (2.7kg contents). Let feeding commence, although I’m conscious that this loss in weight is probably down to robbing, so small amounts of feed late in the day.
Now the question is 1:1 or 2:1 and why. I believe it should be 2:1 so that the bees can easily store it.