even for 5 months in confinement ?
there are some guys here that will take the bees out of the shed early march on a nice day, feed them patties, and wrap them up or send them back in for a month. Their bees look good by May.
I'll let you know how the boys up in peace river come out.
So what I can gather, the bees are taken out of winter, sent into the almond groves, where they are fed up and placed into the flowering fields. One brood cycle, two brood cycles, and then out to be split. So by the time they start swarming on the second brood cycle the boys should be splitting them by then.
Ian most hives are moved into the wintering sheds about now and taken out some time in April.
same as us then.
how do you manage your late winter Chinooks ? gets pretty warm your way
Some will take the bees out for cleansing flights and a quick check on stores. I've heard of some people putting drums of snow or ice into the sheds to help cool things down but don't know for sure.
Pollen sub in fall could help fatten up the winter bees and increase the overall health of the hive. As far as having sub on all winter though I just can't see that, too much chance for dysentry I think.
We start sub end of aug. until mid oct. Go into storage about thanksgiving and start shipping to california jan. 20th. Start making nucs, shaking, pulling brood about march 10th. Bees swarm from 1st of march on, but the almond growers don't seem to complain about it.
when do you pull them out of the almond groves?
March 10-15th on.
Do they stay in holding yards in Cali or are they sent straight south and then worked through ?
Feed Bees sub August-Thansgiving. Loaded up and sent to Yards late nov early dec. Given more sub until flowers pop out. Nick... Why winter in cellars? They will come out of winter with easy 15 frames in Jan w/o any cellars.
Do the pollinator grower count frames of brood to determine strength or do they count frames of bees
Only beekeepers are worried about brood. growers just want bees.
that would make hive assessments very quick!
Unfortunately there is still a lot of growers out there who only count Hive-boxes !