Beekeeping Tips for January
During colder weather, the Queen is surrounded by thousands of worker bees. This is considered the “Winter Cluster”. You should not disturb this cluster, only open the hive and work bees when the cluster is loose.
Activity will be apparent on warmer days (45-50 degrees), this is when bees are taking cleansing flights. These days are acceptable for colony inspection. If feeding is needed, choose a feeding method that is near the bees so they can feed even when clustered. If the colony needs protein, a pollen patty may be placed directly over cluster of bees.
- Check food stores (Pollen & Honey)
- Check for proper ventilation
- Attend bee meetings
- Assemble bee equipment
- Order Bees