Should this hive survive the winter and show signs that they have passed on DWV resistance to the bees raised in spring I have plans to explore how this resistance can be shared with other hives. I also have the late season daughter queen from this hive with bees and frames that came form this hive that might also carry this resistance. I do find the idea exciting that a mechanism may exist that doesn't solely rely on a queen passing on a genetic trait to the next generation. Of course this also means that you could mistakenly think you have a queen line with resistant qualities when in fact the hive is thriving due to a an immunity that isn't passed on through daughter queens, but through the workers.
Hive checks (10/7/2012)
I've decided to give all the hives names this week so everyone is easier to keep track of.
They have taken some syrup and they have good activity. They have built up fairly well and should be good going into winter if they make the most of the nicer October weather. I've been noticing a small amount of bearding on this hive during the day. My thoughts are they are trying defend hive or regulate the hive temperature.
The queen is back in the swing of things and had laid out a solid pattern over several frames. Not the full frames she was doing two months ago, but hopefully enough to pull this hive through winter.
Nuc 2 - Architects
This hive is a daughter of the Engineer hive so the name Architects seems fitting for them. These girls have built up and are still taking syrup. They inherented several honey frames from the Engineer hive.
They are taking syrup and have good activity.
Librarian Daughter Nuc
They are taking syrup. Two frames with nice solid patches of brood. This queen might work out after all and no more signs of them trying to make queen cells. My winter concern for them is they are still a small hive and they really need to make the most of whatever nice weather is left for the year to build up. They got an extra frame of honey from the Engineer hive.
Icon Daughter Nuc
They seems to have accepted their new queen and there are no signs of queen cells. The queen has kicked up her laying and has fairly large patches of brood over a couple frames. There are a lot of bees in here, but I don't know how many are old foragers and how many are winter bees.
Nuc 3 - Gluttons
These girls are a daughter of the Geeks, and they continuously suck down the syrup but never seem to have much of a growth spurt so I'm guessing they are quick to substitute syrup for good forage and the Gluttons seems like a fitting name for them. They should be in good shape for winter as they have been sucking down the syrup. They got an extra frame of honey from the Engineer hive.
Sad news, the queen was gone and there was a handful of bees and a couple cells with larvae showing signs of DWV. Broke up the remaining honey frames for other hives. They stopped taking food weeks ago and I noticed a big cutback on brood, but I took it to be a sign she was shutting down early for winter when really DWV was taking it's toll on the hive.
Northgate Swarm - Rebels
These girls probably have some Russian genetics and raise a lot of brood and have good stores. They are a little feisty too which is why I'm calling this hive the Rebels. There is a lot of uncapped honey in this hive and I'm not surprised they really aren't doing much with the syrup all the way at the back. They have several frames of solid brood coming and are building back up quickly. They don't store much surplus pollen which could be an issue in Spring. I've read that Russian brood up/down based on available pollen so watching the flowers should be a good indicator of what they will be doing.
They took about a half gallon this last week.
There are a lot of bees in this hive now. No new comb this week and only took about half the syrup from the week before. They have built up amazingly well this summer and have packed the frames with stores for Spring.
We seem to be loosing daylight hours pretty quickly now and the bees aren't as active at the start/ends of the day, but still have good mid-day activity.
Back to the bees.