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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Friday, February 21, 2014

Package bee update

Our first delivery, that is all 2 lb packages, is 60% sold out.

At this time our second delivery is 75% sold out.
All that is left on that delivery of bees is 2 lb packages.
All the 3 lb packages have been sold.

3 lb packages give a beekeeper a slight advantage initially in a colony. They can draw comb a little faster. But 35 - 40 days after a package of bees has been installed, all of the bees that came in any package are now deceased. Bees only live about 40 days in the spring and summer. Any bees in a package colony after 35 - 40 days will be the new offspring of the queen. So a 2 lb package will catch up to a 3 lb package in about 6 weeks after installation.

The upcoming cold weather that is supposed to be below zero for several nights and will have a very negative effect on any live colonies in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Check any colonies right after the cold weather has passed.