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Thread: Nectar Flows

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
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    Rockville, Maryland
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    Question

    I'm new to beekeeping. What are the signs of a nectar flow? How do I know when one is occuring. I've looking in some books, but it's still not clear to me.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    NE Calif.
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    The bees are flying fast and purposely-all business.They are whitening the edges of the combs or pulling foundation.Pulling out a comb,nectar will pour out of the combs like water if given a little shake.The weather is nice,lots of flowers, and the bees are happy.The beekeeper is already counting his money!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
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    Arnold, MD USA
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    Our main nectar flow in Maryland is from around mid April to mid June, give or take a week or two. At the hive entrance you can see many bees coming and going without lollygagging around the hive. I like seeing them return heavy and tired. They kind of plop onto the bottom board or hive stand and crawl in. Sometimes they fall short and have to rest a minute before a second attempt.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
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    Rockville, Maryland
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    Thanks for your help, especially from my fellow Marylander! From your description, we are smack dab in the middle of a nectar flow.

    Thanks again!!

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