Re: [beekeeping] newbie with feeding question
- Greg & Terri,
Its a natural thing for bees to swarm when they
are doing well and a good nectar flow is happening.
It is unusual for this to happen this late in the
summer though. Since your clipped queen couldn't fly
they raised up a new queen who could. I'm not sure
how many frames your observation hive contains but if
its large enough and you have it ventillated to the
outside you may be able to keep the bees alive during
the winter. Just feed them if they run low on food if
you keep them in a cold climate. They will build up
in population in the coming weeks. If bees want to
swarm there isn't much you can do to keep them back
but to remove some bees and give them more room. I
usually unite any observation hives I have back with a
regular hive prior to winter. Its easier that way.
It is often difficult to keep them alive during the
winter. Then, I start a new one in the spring with a
few frames of bees containing eggs less than 3 days
old. Generally, they raise up a new queen in the
spring and I have an observation hive going again for
the following summer. Shane from NJ
--- Indianfields Township Cemetery <indcem@...>
> We have recently begun beekeeping and have started__________________________________________________
> an observation hive at the nature center in our
> park. We learned a lot from "hands on" training
> last year, or so we thought. This year, we ordered
> bees for our observation hive with a clipped queen,
> which we thought would prevent swarming. The bees
> did very well for four months; building honeycomb,
> making capped brood, etc., and we had a very large
> bee population. Suddenly, we have only about 1/3 of
> the original number, just within the last few days
> they must have swarmed, anyway. Does anybody have
> an observation hive and do you have any advice on
> what we might have done better?
> Greg & Teri Barrons
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Garry Libby
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2002 10:03 AM
> Subject: RE: [beekeeping] newbie with feeding
> Hi Dave,
> What Shane said is true. Also, old honey is
> not good for bees You should just get rid of it. But
> make sure it stays sealed so bees can't rob it.
> Best wishes,
> Garry Libby
> Garry Libby
> Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA
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