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Things to Do and Don’t Late Winter as A Beekeeper
Winters is a tricky season for beekeepers as they are not aware of exactly what’s going on in the beehive. So, in this article, let us find out dos and don’ts as a Beekeeper in the late winters.
What Exactly Goes in A Beehive During Winters?
Bee activity is the highest during spring and lowest in the cold part of the year. The queen is surrounded by a thousand of her workers during this phase for keeping her warm in the winter cluster. This winter cluster starts when the ambient temperature reaches around 54-57 degrees F. Although the temperature outside may be freezing cold, the temperature in the center of the cluster is always 92 degrees F.
Drones aren’t allowed to stay in the hives during winters; however, worker broods begin reappearing in the late winters. This means around 50-60 pounds of honey is consumed during this period.
Beekeepers To-Do List for The Late Winters
· Regularly check the entrance of a beehive. Remove any dead bees or snow collected at the entrance that blocks it.
· Check that the bees have enough food for all of them. Late winters and early spring seasons have been considered as a time when most of the bee colonies die out of starvation.
· During the late winters, select a day with no winds and pleasant climate to peek in the beehive. Do not remove any frames and check over the cluster. If you do not see the cluster or sealed honey in the top frames, then it is the time for the emergency feeding of your bees. However, keep in mind that once you start feeding your bees, you cannot stop till the spring when the bees go out to find their own nectar and pollens.
· Always keep the equipment clean. If they need repair, then do it before storing them for the next winters.
· It is a good idea to attend a bee club meeting or read bee magazines, books, or journals during this time to keep your honey bees healthy and safe.
· You can also use this period to order package bees and other equipment for the following year.
· Another thing you can do is to follow your bee-related hobby like brewing some mead, making beeswax candles, and dreaming of springs.
There are not many things you can do in the late winters as your bees as safe, warm, and toasty inside the hive in a winter cluster. Their main motive is to keep their queen warm and able to produce eggs without any problems. The only thing you need to worry about is to check if the entrance as well as the ventilation of the beehives is open. Apart from that, you can enjoy your holidays by storing the equipment, preparing for the next year, attending bee club meetings, and enjoying your hobbies. Just make sure to check on the bees at a regular interval, and everything else will be fine.
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