Oxalic Acid has been applied on all hives and I have had to add one more kilogram of fondant for each. I am reassured thanks to signs of life in all colonies and can now start planning for next spring.
I will have to strategise carefully for the coming spring as I don’t want to end up with more colonies than my site can handle. If all six of my colonies, together with the Nuc, overwinter well, then that will be exactly the case. Other than the site capacity, I think I will struggle with swarm control and I would also risk my bees becoming a nuisance on the allotment. I am also concerned about the available forage of the area, as I know there are a few other beekeepers nearby.
However, I should not count my chickens before they hatch!
Let’s see how many of the colonies making through the winter, but for now, we just need to plan.