Swarm Basics

Swarms

Healthy honey bee colonies in the spring reproduce themselves by swarming. As the colony builds up in the spring, the workers start filling the hive with nectar. As they fill all the comb, the queen runs out of space to lay eggs. Since she is no longer laying a large amount of eggs she begins to shrink down so she can fly. Once the weather is warm and sunny for a few days, the queen has shrunk down and can fly, the colony begins to raise a new queen. Soon after that a large amount of workers, about half, and the queen leave the hive to start a new hive. This is a swarm. After leaving the hive, they land close by at a staging area. They will congregate on a tree, fence, house or even just on the ground. Here they will wait. This is were you will most likely see them. They have all gorged themselves on honey and are fat and happy. They send out scouts to find a new place to call home. They may sit here for a few hours or a few days until they can decide where to move. During this time, they are not likely to sting or take any interest in what is going on around them. If you just leave them they will leave. If they make you nervous or you would like to give them a good home, give me a call at 740.709.6351 and I will come and give them a home. I do not charge for removing a swarm. Above all do not spray them. Swarms are a precious resource.

Feeding Dry Sugar

When you realize you have a hive that is low on stores and temperatures are regularly below 50 fahrenheit(10 celsius) dry sugar is one of the easiest ways to feed your bees.  Once sugar syrup gets cold the bees won’t take it.  They also have to evaporate the excess moisture and it adds to condensation in the hive.  Here is a quick video on how to feed dry sugar.

 

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Thanks for joining me and see you next time.

Chris

Neonicotinoids

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The pesticide group neonicotinoinds have long been thought to be damaging bee populations.  The science published by the manufacturers and government agencies say that they don’t.  The European Union has limited the use of these pesticides. Many in the beekeeping believe large scale use of pesticides are a reason for declining bee populations.  Most of the research into pesticides and the effect on bees have been led by or paid for by manufacturers.  Some of this research is beginning to unravel.  Take a few moments and read the article below.

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/48156/title/Analysis–Industry-Funded-Honeybee-Study-Was–Misleading-/#a-a8778312-431b-4276-8703-cf4ac023ba10

Chris

Welcome

Welcome to Gallia Bees.  I am currently a second year beekeeper in southeastern Ohio on the Ohio River.  Join me as I document my journey in beekeeping.  I plan to share my knowledge via the blog, videos and photos.  If you have any questions feel free contact me via the contact page.