A national beekeeping survey just released results of last year’s losses – a jaw-dropping 44%. That’s not sustainable.
Lots of people are trying to help our critical pollinators, thank goodness. But the beekeeping learning curve is steep.
About weekly I publish helpful hints and insights for newbees regarding what to watch for this time of year. The rollercoaster that the temperature is riding makes new packages especially vulnerable. They don’t yet have the numbers to generate and regulate heat well. It is helpful to keep the slider board in to promote their warmth. And, until you see lots of bees out flying (two dozen, not the two bees who were answering nature’s call), you need to not get in the hive unless it is critical, and then–only for the shortest possible time (ie, to let the queen out of the cage.)
It is critical to feed—on these cold rainy days, they can’t get out and about to collect what they need to live and make that box their home.
Another helpful newbee hint? Make sure the zippers on your hood meet. If you don’t find and close that little gap, and honeybee may let you know there’s a hole in your armor. The pain will pass, and the swelling in a few days as well. 🙂
Want to help honeybees? Let your lawn look like the photo, and check out my blog for more insights.
And, join the Kalamazoo Bee Club (it is free!) to find mentors and other folks as passionate about this stinging insect as you are.