« Last post by pa-farmhand on February 26, 2017, 06:22:01 PM »
well i picked my name because i live in Pennsylvania and i am a farmer i farm with 2 of my brothers and my dad. So i know its not clever or witty but it works for me
I think if I move north I will have to relearn beekeeping. Last year I made a split second week of Feb. I'm in the brood boxes looking for swarm cells. Didn't find any :)spring is crazy time with temps. but bees do have tricks to make it thru.In my area this is a very risky time to meddle in the hive. It has been my experience that anything that I have done to help the bees resulted in disaster. The best thing I can do is worry about them but stay out. If the bees were allowed to, they have organized the hive in the fall in such a way that the majority of the times they will survive to the next season. If mites are going to be their downfall then they are already dead. If you did not cut short their supply of resources they will make it if the queen makes it. It would be easy to blame weather for colony loss but it is unlikely that is the case if the hive was not disturbed in some fashion prior to spring nectar. At this point in the climate change cycle the earth is getting warmer not colder. Except for catastrophic hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and drought weather will not be a major issue for bees until the next ice age.