This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What is happening in the hive right now

The bees have been plodding along waiting for some warm weather. When it stays cold like this it does impact the bees. The bees can't expand their cluster and their numbers won't increase dramatically until we get out of this icebox.
 Honey consumption has increased with the increase in brood production. Right now there should be at least two frames of brood in the colony. Larger clusters of bees may have more. The cold weather has the bees working hard keeping the brood warm. 
 Pollen patties are being consumed more readily because the bees can't get any stored pollen from any parts of the hive because of the cold.  Beekeepers should be checking patties weekly to make sure there is pollen always available. Pollen patties will have to be fed longer than usual this year. The cold weather has put all growing plants in no growth mode. We may not have any hints of pollen until mid April at the earliest.