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Offline challenger

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Typical time from emerging to foraging
« on: April 02, 2009, 10:39:54 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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Re: Typical time from emerging to foraging
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009, 11:08:07 PM »
In as little as 12 days if needed.
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Offline RayMarler

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Re: Typical time from emerging to foraging
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009, 12:07:51 AM »
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  :roll:). 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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Re: Typical time from emerging to foraging
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009, 08:34:45 AM »
Good description, MB!  I was going to say 20 days, +-1.
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