Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.
I am somewhat new to beekeeping, and recently received my first package of bees. I am wondering how many hive bodies people in Albuquerque typically have? Is one sufficient or are 2 recommended?
I think that's great advice!
I Agree, if you ask 10 beeks for opinions you’ll get 20 answers; so i just try to find the ‘truth’ or whatever works for my situation somewhere in between... I use all deep langstroth bodies (4 hives, 1st year back trying beekeeping after losing a hive a while back).
From what i have learned 2 deep hive bodies full of brood/honey should be sufficient to overwinter; so by fall any 3rd or above boxes are for you, the bottom 2 are for the bees for the winter... And even then a lot of beeks will still feed pollen patties on top of that. In my opinion the mites are the biggest reason the bees are leaving the hives so I think aggressive mite management and treatment is a priority. We’ve been fogging them with winter green oil and plan on Apivar in the fall. Hate to use chemicals but it is apparently pretty effective. Supposedly there is some heat mat device that can kill mites but I’m waiting to hear more about its effectiveness.
Not a lot of experience under my belt but thats my 2 cents...
Thanks, Peter! I definitely have a lot to learn about mites and other pests, and would prefer to go the more natural route. I'm curious to learn more about the heat mat device you mentioned.
Thanks again, Randy. Is there a correlation between number and/or size of hive boxes and the magnitude of a mite infestation? I am also curious about why or when you would choose to feed the bees pollen versus candy or syrup? Based on what I've read, I am not expecting to have extra honey to harvest until next year, but we'll see :)