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!

The warm January thaw

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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  a  good  day  for  a  beekeeper to  check  which  colonies  are  surviving  well  in  the  winter,  even  though  checking  on  them  means coming  back  home  With  a  lot  of  brown  spots  on  our  jacket!

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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January  is  the  time  to  order  new  bees  for  the  2020  season.  These  are  to  replace  any  colonies  that  do  not  survive  the  winter  months.  Since  we  leave  our  bees  in  Minnesota all  winter,  opening  the  hive  is  not  an  option.    Our new  bees  are  from  Texas.    Currently  they  are  in  California  getting ready  to  pollinate  the  almond  crops.