February 8th, 2012
by Royal W. Draper

We bottled some Buckwheat honey this morning and we have been busy bottling honey for quite a few days as we are trying to get some honey back in stock before bee season begins.

I think we will be sold out of package bees early this year as ship dates are now into early May and we stop taking orders once ship dates get towards the end of May. If you need your bees shipped you had better order soon!

We have been getting a lot of calls and emails from beekeepers stating that their hives are feeling light (very little honey left). A lot of beekeepers pulled too much honey off the hives in the summer thinking that the bees would store more in the fall time and for the most part it just didn’t happen. We have been recommending that they install a solid sugar block directly on top of the hive body frames. Feeding liquid syrup this time of year doesn’t really work because the bees won’t break cluster to go get the syrup if it’s cold out. The sugar block allows the bees to cluster directly on it just like they do on a frame of honey. Below is a picture of what I’m talking about.

 

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