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    Default What do bees do on rainy days?

    Today is the first all-day rain/cloudy/cold day we've had a in a while.

    All of the foragers are in the hive. No one's going out.

    Which makes me wonder, What do they do when they're all in there?

    Do they get more comb built? Do they get more honey evaporated because there are more wings moving air?

    What jobs do they have that they can do more of when most/all of the bees are home?

    Or do the foragers just hang out in there and get in the way of everyone else?

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    Default Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    They sit inside and watch TV.

    It's drizzly rainy here today and no bees are flying.

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    LOL! Great question. We REALLY need some easy, unobtrusive, inexpensive hive cams invented. Then we can keep an eye on those no-goodnicks and see what they're up to.

    Isn't the rain great? After suffering thru a moderate drought pattern, who cares if it's raining for 3 days straight...

    I'm going to nail a To Do list inside the hive to give them suggestions and get their bee bottoms off their couches:

    1) Hurry up and build comb! What are you waiting for? Christmas? You only have a few good months left and then you're hive is going to be Clustered!

    2) Get that honey capped! Make hay while the sun doesn't shine! Hurry up, because we're all waiting here...

    3) Hurry up and lay more brood! I want this hive packed the next time I come out here! Quit sitting around and get to reproducing.

    That's a starter list. I'll add to it as I think of more things.

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    Easy. Netflix...

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    The field force sleeps and rests, the house bees get caught up on the house cleaning chores.
    42 + years - 24 colonies - IPM disciple - Naturally Skeptic

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    Quote Originally Posted by AR Beekeeper View Post
    The field force sleeps and rests, the house bees get caught up on the house cleaning chores.
    Pfft yeah right. Do you think we're stupid or something?
    Trust me, you don't want to hear my CCD rant!
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    The worker force sleeps some of the time. The nurse bees keep doing there thing. The worker force when not resting just chills at the entrance a lot.
    Splitting a first year hive successfully https://youtu.be/ZfRTreQ-S9c

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcolon View Post
    Easy. Netflix...
    That's probably why I saw a cable cord running from the hives into my basement...

    Looks like they've been binge watching the whole series episodes of Dr. Who...

    I do hope that the nectar sources are seriously recharging with this welcome rain. It was dry as dust out there, that can't be good for nectar supplies.

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    Default Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    The bees get on BeeSource and figure out new ways to completely do 100% what we don't want them to.
    Zone 7a

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    Default Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    Mine are an older crowd....they break out the Uno cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim KS View Post
    Mine are an older crowd....they break out the Uno cards.
    I love Uno!

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    Default Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    If its not a heavy rain mine are out gathering. Bees are tuff in Minnesota. Our saying goes, If you don't like the weather wait a hour it will change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowhog View Post
    If its not a heavy rain mine are out gathering. Bees are tuff in Minnesota. Our saying goes, If you don't like the weather wait a hour it will change.
    Are all your bees above average?

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    Default Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    Swarm prep.
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    Default Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    Why they break out the fermented sugar water and line dance

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    Default Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    Quote Originally Posted by beedeetee View Post
    Swarm prep.
    This, if they are on the verge of wanting to swarm and get couped up for a few days, that next first nice day is when the swarm will issue

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    Default Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    They rest.
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    Default Re: What do bees do on rainy days?

    They're eating some of the stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post
    Are all your bees above average?
    You got it.

    On a rainy day, they tune their right antennae to broadcasts of A Prairie Hive Companion to hear stories of Lake WoBeeGon, where the workers are strong, the drones are good-looking and all the larvae are above average.

    Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynesgarden View Post
    You got it.

    On a rainy day, they tune their right antennae to broadcasts of A Prairie Hive Companion to hear stories of Lake WoBeeGon, where the workers are strong, the drones are good-looking and all the larvae are above average.

    Wayne
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