Re: California beekeepers, how have the mid 70 degree temps been effecting your bees!
I've been doing some experiments with my large hives, long story short, making the queen work and lay even more after the flow than before. I'll post my results next year after they overwinter and enough time has gone by for a good analyses. .
But part of this experiment will involve determining if the extended work load on the queen will have a noticeable decrease in her life span.
Since there is much talk these days about queen loss and extensive supercedure, I am just wondering a how much the mild winters are effecting queen mortality?
No real break for the old girl. Only so much semen to go around. Perhaps some with a mild winter and exceptionally active hives will keep records and make some observations.
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