What are the Bees up to this month

On the cold days of winter

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The  bees  huddle  together  in  a  cluster  and  exercise  their  wing  muscles,  without  moving  their  wings.  This  generates  a  lot  of  heat  so  the  center  of  the  cluster  it  is at  a  warm,  92  degrees!   In  the  center  of  the  cluster is  some  brood  and  her  majesty,  the  queen!

February is seeing growth

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On  the  rare  warm  days  in  winter,  the  bees  will  take  a  cleansing flight  Which is  a  quick  trip  outside  the  hive  to  do  their  duty.  It  is  too  cold  to  open  colonies  and  do  an  inspection  of  the  colony.

The queens activity

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The  queen will  increase  her  egg  laying  as  the  days  continue  to  get  longer.  At  this  point,  no  drones  in of  the  colonies.

What the Beekeeper does with their bees

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In  February  we  begin  planning  for  the  next  summer  market  season.    Lots  of  paperwork  to  complete,  annual  meetings  to  attend  and  update  our  displays As needed.  We print most labels for the year so we are not scrambling to get this done in the busy summer months.   And  February  is  when  we  make  all  of  the  honey  sticks  for  the  year.  As  for  the  bees,  nothing  We  can  do  as  it  is  too  cold.