Beekeeping Tips for February
The Queen still remains in the cluster and as the days become milder she begins to lay more eggs.
The previous protein (Pollen Patty) is used to feed young larva. These bees will hatch out of the cell in 21 days.
When young bees are being raised and days are warm, the bees will consume more food. At this time, the cluster will begin to grow in size.
A Varroa Mite, Foulbrood inspection should be done and a proper evaluation of “Queen Activity”.
By Mid February, you should see bees carrying natural pollen into the hive. When this occurs, the Queen will also begin to lay drone Eggs (Unfertile eggs) these drones will hatch in 24 days.
- Check food stores (pollen and honey)
- Treat for Varroa Mites or Foulbrood if needed
- Begin a “Bloom Calendar” to document pollen and nectar
- Attend Bee Meetings
- Assemble Equipment
- Order Queens