Cabarrus County Beekeepers

Bob's Flower and Hive Report

May 2013 Meeting

Hive Report

The honey flow is still going. During rainy cloudy days, no honey is being make. Stay one super ahead of the bees. When using new foundation, add another super when the bees start working the last outer frames.  If using drawn-out comb, go ahead and place several supers on the hive.

When inspecting the hive, a very noticeable humming can indicate it is queen-less.  If you determine the hive is queen-less and there are queen cells present, leave these cells so the hive can raise a new queen.

Make sure honey is capped before extracting. With hot weather, make sure the bees and the beekeeper have plenty of water to drink. As the weather warms, try to work bees earlier in the day.  As it gets hot in the afternoon, the bees will become more irritable.

Flower Report

Tulip poplars now has few flowers.  Lower branches may still have bloom. Chinese privet, white clover, hairy vetch, American holly, cone flower, star thistle, blackberries, and yellow sweet clover are in bloom.  Persimmon bloom is a sign that the honey flow is drawing to a close.