Cabarrus County Beekeepers

Bob's Flower and Hive Report

February 2014 Meeting

Hive Report

Queens are laying more each day, as the days are getting longer. With numbers in the hive increasing, keep a watchful eye on the food supply. Of course, more bees means more food is needed. When food supplies are limited, bees will share the food equally until it is all gone. Once the food is gone, the bees will die within minutes of one another.

When inspecting a hive, be careful not to break the cluster. Close attention should be paid to the cluster when reversing hive bodies. If the cluster is in the upper box, then it is okay to reverse. If cluster is between the hive bodies, then leave them alone. If frames are removed, be sure to replace them in the same order.

Flower Report

The following flowers have been recently observed in bloom by our member. Crocus, dandelion, red maple, winter honeysuckle, winter holly, and some pears.  Yellow bells and daffodils may also be in bloom, however bees to not work these flowers.