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Offline BrentX

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Spring flow slows down fast
« on: June 05, 2012, 10:01:44 PM »
10 days ago the hives were drawing and filling a super per week.  The super count was about 25 % ahead of last year at this time. The brood nest was three plus boxes deep. 

Supers put on a week ago are still being drawn but at a much slower pace.  The brood nest is being back filled with nectar, as the queens have slowed by about half.  It is like a switch was turned.  This bee behavior matches the local blooming.  Lots of flowers appeared a month early, and are now spent. 


Offline sterling

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Re: Spring flow slows down fast
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 11:23:28 AM »
That's is a good description of my area of middle TN.

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Re: Spring flow slows down fast
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012, 01:06:51 PM »
same in the st louis area. we appear to be going into a drought. the lack of rain slowed everything down.

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Re: Spring flow slows down fast
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 12:24:08 AM »
Welcome to farming.

Offline Vance G

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Re: Spring flow slows down fast
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 10:55:45 PM »
We are still cold up here and have had a lot of rain.  Bees are not quite making a living waiting for the main flow which is a few weeks off at least.  I am actually having to feed splits.   My Carnies who I love for wintering so well have really backed off broodrearing.  I guess I needed to keep feeding and think I will give the ones not supered a taste.