Mar 02 2013

Class lessons

On any day in the winter that it gets up to at least 40, the sun is out shining and there’s not wind (all three), the bees may break cluster and fly. If you see the hive start to fly by 10am, it’s probably a large cluster. If they don’t start flying until 2pm, it’s probably a small cluster. However, if it got a little warm, but it’s overcast or windy, all bets are off. They may or may not fly and the time of flying doesn’t really indicate anything.

If you want to pop the top when it’s still winter and 40 or 50 degrees, pop it to check the following:

1.  Have the bees moved all the way to the top box? If so, don’t move or manage the boxes. Add another box with honey frames from your honey bank.

2.  Are the bees short food – there are only a couple frames of honey left? If so, don’t move or manage the boxes. Replace empty frames with frames from your honey bank.

3.   If you notice they’re short food, do NOT put frozen honey frames in the hive. Take them out and leave them inside for 2-3 days to thaw and warm up. Then take your cap scratcher and scratch up the honey caps so they don’t have to work to get to the honey and put these frames in the hives.

IF the bees need syrup, put the feeder in the top box and just push the lid aside, fill up with 1:1 syrup with a little HoneyBHealthy.

Don’t feed the bees pollen patties unless you want them to start brooding up if it’s still winter. Because once they start to produce brood, you have to keep feeding them pollen for protein.

If you want, you can put a pollen patty in there on top. If they immediately take it, then they really needed the pollen. If they don’t take it or only slightly, then take it out.

I had plenty of their own pollen on the hive for the winter so I’m not worried.

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