Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dead Bees At the Entrance

Some beekeepers have noticed and commented about several dead bees at the entrance of the hive.  Remember from class a hand-out "Bees Make Honey, Boxes Don't" (3rd Page) Our bees will only live a maximum of about 45 days now with all the hard work they do.  When they start dying off, the ones inside the hive will be drained of any food stores and swept out the door.  I just give the undertaker a litttle hand and use my bee brush to sweep the dead bees off the entrance for them.  This makes the entrance clear for foraging females who are bringing in the "goods" and they need all the help they can get! Our populations should have already began increasing and should continue to do so until the end of the season.

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