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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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bee build up

Swarming of over wintered colonies is going on still at a high rate. Beekeepers not able to divide has the hive dividing itself. This will hurt the honey collection of these colonies considerably, but sometimes life gets in the way of the bees and the beekeeper can't get there.
 The package bees have been building up with most beekeepers in their second box. With the greater number of bees in the hive, the bees will draw foundation at a faster rate. Feeding the hives that are drawing comb is still a priority. Colonies need to be monitored for food in the hive so they don't starve.
Speaking of feed. Right now there is not much blooming around Stillwater. I have heard of yellow sweet clover blooming in some parts of the metro. I took my dog for a walk last night and came across some clover starting to bloom in my back food plot. Old beekeepers use to say that the main nectar flow starts ten days after the first clover bloom. It may start as a trickle or a torrent one never knows. Overwintered colonies should have two empty supers on right now. Ten days can make a huge difference in hive population. If a queen has been laying 1500 eggs a day in 10 days there should be 15,000 more bees in the colony than at the present time.  If the timing is right the supers may start filling up earlier than normal. So let's get the supers on.
In the words of a beekeeper master"May the flow be with you"