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ALERT – Hot Temperatures

Weather Alert

Due to the very hot temperatures going up into the upper 80’s and 90’s, if you recently treated your beehives with any Varroa mite treatment (like Formic Pro or Mite Away or any other treatment) that required leaving the debris boards in, recommend that you remove the debris boards right away. Leaving them in could cause some bee mortality. The extra ventilation is needed. Recommend that you leave the debris boards out and entrance reducers should remain off.

In some areas, there is very little nectar flow and that means that you may need to be feeding your bees. At least make sure that there is a fresh water source close by your beehives.

“Avoid” conducting any beehive inspections with the temperatures as high as they are. It will overly aggravate and disrupt the bees, and they can become very aggressive in times like this.

If you have “a real need” – “that is a real need” to do some type of beehive management, do it in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures are more reasonable. If you are not sure if you have a “real need” then you most likely do not have a need to work with the bees. They are best left alone to manage their hives.


ALERT – Rainy Weather Followed By Freezing Temperatures

ALERT!! The wet rainy weather followed freezing temperatures that are now forecast is going to have a very negative effect on beekeeping.

  1. For example: Our local locust bloom that just started will mostly be killed off as will several other nectar sources. It will take a week or two for the flowering and budding to kick back into gear and some will not come back at all this year. This could mean a low nectar flow for 2020 and a lower than expected honey production.
  2. The bees will be clustering up tonight into tomorrow morning and probably leave some of the brood unprotected resulting in chilled brood or damaged brood.
  3. Depending on the queen, some queens may slow down and or shut down laying until the weather warms back up and the nectar flow kicks back in.
  4. Very important to continuing feeding new beehives and Nuc’s during the next week or two.
  5. If you have added a couple of supers to your beehives, you may find that when you check them on the next nice day around Monday that they are not working the upper super. If they are not, you may want to remove one of them until the hive gets going again. 


NOTICE – Place Winter Feed Nearest Bee Cluster

Hardin County Beekeepers AssociationHardin County Beekeepers Association

ALERT NOTICE: November 20, 2018

This is an “Awareness Notice”: Many of you have bees and the attached photos are of a hive of mine that just died out due to starvation even though I had provided them with sugar fondant cake. The bees apparently had moved up and clustered in the front right corner of the top brood box prior to the ice storm. There was little to no stored honey/pollen in that area. The sugar fondant cake had been placed toward the center several days prior to the ice storm.  When I opened the hive on this past Sunday afternoon, I found that the hive had died out. There was no indication that the bees had made any effort to consume any of the newly placed sugar fondant. This in its self was very concerning since they had completely consumed another sugar fondant cake earlier prior to my placing this last one on the hive. I have shared this with the Tammy Potter and she said that she had received another similar report. This is very early for something like this to happen in the Fall to Winter time period.

Lesson to me and all—if the stored honey/pollen or supplemental is not directly over and/or easily and readily accessible, the bees may not move over or up to it.  This is why we recommend making sure that there are honey/pollen frames on both sides of the area that the bees cluster. If they don’t have frames of stored honey/pollen, then the supplement needs to be very close and directly over the bees.

Another note: Especially with weak or hives with smaller populations, the bees tend to move up and cluster toward the warmest area or side of the hive where the sun shines on the hive the most. In my case the right front portion of the hive.

Recommendation: The next time the weather is in the 40’s or so and sunny, take a look inside your hives.