Cabarrus County Beekeepers

Bob's Flower and Hive Report

June 2013 Meeting

Hive Report

You will begin to see bees hanging on the front of the hive, or bearding. Bearding is a sign that the flow is almost over. This is normal, as the bees have no flowers to visit.

With the arrival of summer, the length of day is shortening. This makes queen rearing harder. The lack of pollen and nectar during the hot summer months will also make queen rearing harder. When rearing queens, you may need to provide a clean sponge soaked with water, to add moisture to the rearing hives.

When providing a water source for the bees, add a little mineral salt to attract more of the bees.

Remember to only remove and extract capped honey. Be mindful that robbing can start easily in the bee yard, when removing honey supers. Keep the removed honey supers covered until they are inside the honey house.

Have water on hand for the beekeeper as well.

When making splits, feed both hives.  

Flower Report

White clover, privet (Japanese), golden rain, false dandelion, sourwood, buckwheat.