This is an amazing autumn here at Bello Uccello Apiary and the leaves have just started to change. We have heard from
several of our fellow beekeepers , that despite this mellow weather, the bees are hungry and some
bees have even changed dispositions. Well bees are sort of like people, when we get very hungry, even the most mild
mannered of us can get a bit grumpy until we have a cup of tea and a biscuit. Also there is a bit of seasonal
robbing going on within the apiary, which makes the bees on edge too.
The bees are finally rescued from the farmhouse rescue project and the new hive is back here at our out-apiary. We are making sure that these bees are disease free before they come near our apiary. The tree swarm hive is still very small, but they
are amazing! They are making beautiful small cell foundation which is eventually where we wish our entire apiary
to be. The hive is small and we are keeping our fingers crossed that this hive will survive the winter because we
would like to introduce their small cell frames into our other hives so our bees will regress back to their Natural Size,
before man intervened and decided that “bigger is better”– – well in some cases “more is less”.
Our first task, after returning from our daughter’s beautiful wedding at St. Mary Le Bow Church in London last week, was to
bring down the size of the hives to two or three supers, in preparation for winter. The honey house is now in full swing
with extraction of the honey from the frames. It tastes amazing! We will be selling our honey at the Annapolis Farmers
Xmas Market again this year. The Japanese Art Gallery in Barton, Digby Co., carries our honey on a regular basis.
The honey in the hive is made by the bees, for the bees, and anything which is beyond this supply, is a surplus
so-to-speak,which is available to be removed for ourselves. And from those frames of honey removed for ourselves, we must
also freeze many of them for future use in feeding the bees. These frames will be chosen with lots of pollen in
them for the protein for the bees. Like us the bees require protein and carbs and complex vitamins and enzymes –
all of which is contained in their honey and pollen. To be very clear, this feeding is not to replace the honey that should remain in the hive for the bees of about 75 to 100 pounds per two-super-hive; but rather to help the bees fill in the empty brood spaces
which continue to occur during the late autumn as the bees reduce their brood size for winter. By making this
easy, the bees will use their flight gatherings to obtain the pollen which is absolutely necessary to survive the winter. Also
this late autumn feeding has lots of good natural health enhancers in it to help the bees immune system during the winter.
Autumn Syrup for Feeding
1 liter of water
2 kilos of organic white sugar (Sweet Source is 100% pure cane sugar, non GMO, and the president of the company said it is not sprayed )
1/2 cup of very strong organic chamomile tea
3 drops of food grade organic lemon oil
3 drops of food grade organic speermint oil
1 drop of organic lemongrass oil
one small pinch of grey sea salt
(optional: some organic nettles,dandelion blossoms,EM can be added into the water)
If you had some of your OWN honey, from disease free hives, you would also stir up to 10% ratio to liquid of that into this mix, but NEVER use honey to feed your bees from another source other than your own)
Dissolve the sugar into the water with the grey salt over med/high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved into the liquid.
The syrup must never bubble or boil, but must be hot enough to thoroughly integrate the crystals into the water. After removing from the heat you add the rest. You will know if it is done correctly when it cools and you have only a clear liquid and no crystals forming.
WE DO NOT USE pollen substitute, and neither should you. If you
would like to learn more about GMO and soya there is an excellent movie being offered for free viewing at the
moment at http://geneticroulettemovie.com It says it all. Keeping Genetically Modified Organisms
out of our food supply is becoming a full time job for all of us. Let’s hope that Right to Know 37 — labeling GMOs in California
becomes law, as that will change things for the rest of us here in North America also. At the moment,
here in Canada, it is not legal to put” GMO free” on the general packaging of our food as this is seen by the powers-
that- be as being unfair business practices. We all have the Right to Know what we are feeding our families and ourselves -and no amount of profit making makes this less True.
If you wish to know more about your food ,we have a small list of movies worth seeing –
Queen of the Sun; We Feed the World by Wagenhoffer; Genetic Roulette
Our bees are healthy and full of Life and we wish this for everyone!