Douglas Farm

NJ Honey and Bees


"Oh no, my bees are dead."

Posted by douglasfarm on February 8, 2011 at 5:32 PM

It's that time of the year when beekeepers do a winter check on their hives.


Some see a sight they feared, still bees clinging to the comb. If you see no movment and hear no buzz, you're likely to think the worst, they are dead. This may not be the case. Some times it would seem, the bees are in a cryo-sleep.


If you fear they are dead, take an empty jar out to the hive. Carefully put 4 to 6 workers into the jar. Then bring the jar inside, and after 30 min at 60 to 80 deg. F look to see if there is any movement. If not, it may be time to order some bees for this spring.


Sunday 2/13 and Monday 2/14 should be very warm  & clear, and are good days to do a winter check. Try to do your visit near the dailly high (temperature) for the day.


Best of luck.

Categories: Beekeeping

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