Friday, November 30, 2012
Fall Chores and Preps are Complete
The Fall has been so mild again this year that we are continuing to get some weed and grass growth and even some dandelions blooming here and there. Despite the mild Fall so far though I did lose one bee colony over the brief cold snap we got. Yes Roanoke colony gave up the ghost. I am not really sure why either the hive had no evidence of robbing nor pests inside but they obviously starved themselves out. I fed this colony all Summer long so they should have had enough stores to make it at least a bit further into cold weather.
I really don't like to feed sugar or syrup to be honest since my view on sustainable bee keeping would mean little sugar available for feeding anyway. I babied that hive and fed them more than any other and they still failed so perhaps it was just meant to be. No matter what I tried I couldn't get that colony to build up so there may have been something wrong with the queen in the first place.
After cleaning the test revolver I can say I found very little fouling or leading inside the barrel. The cylinder was a bit dirtier than usual but perhaps the HP-38 powder burns a bit dirtier than I am used to.
Other than that I am switching over completely to Winter projects and brush/outbuilding clearing as the days allow.
We now have a month or two off until Spring preps must begin.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!