Re: Where Are The Beekeepers?
A medium full of honey [35#] may get them through the winter, but I want them feeling secure enough with a store of honey to start brooding up as soon as the pollen starts. It may be a 1 1/2 month after the elm pollen starts before we get any type of flow here. Then the End of April to May first is when the major flow starts. They won't be at maximum population if they hold back on brooding up with pollen coming in.
Originally Posted by sqkcrk
When I kept bees during the late 70's through mid 80's I was running two deeps. I wanted one of those completely sealed with honey [60-70# of honey] and the lower one with about 25% accross the top sealed with honey along with frames of pollen/bee bread. I had caucasions [midnites] and they would build up early if they had good stores, but were stingy building without adequate stores.
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