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Author Topic: Typical time from emerging to foraging  (Read 593 times)
House Bee
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« on: April 02, 2009, 09:39:54 PM »

I'm curious if the time it takes for a bee that has just emerged to become a foraging bee changes from season to season. I figure capped brood will not become foragers until after the honey flow here in S.E. NC. If I am not mistaken it takes about 3-4 weeks for a newly emerged be to start foraging. Is this about right?

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009, 10:08:07 PM »

In as little as 12 days if needed.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009, 11:07:51 PM »

If the hive has a good age balance of bees, the typical age for foraging is 3 to 4 weeks, I think (memory is fading  rolleyes). However, a bee over 10 days old can perform any task needed in the hive if the proper aged bees for that task are low in numbers.

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009, 06:20:49 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009, 07:34:45 AM »

Good description, MB!  I was going to say 20 days, +-1.

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