Spring has Sprung & Our Russian Honey Bees Are on the Go

Spring has sprung and with it lots of outdoor activities are keeping us very breezy. For one, in our bee yards we have been diligently preparing our hives for the upcoming season. Our Russian queens are steady laying building up that brood nest and the little worker bees are back and forth with their daily duties.

At this time of the year we continue to feed both, pollen substitute and a 1:1 sucrose syrup with some additives to help promote good health in our Russian bees, and to stimulate production of healthy brood, that will ensure a handsome crop of bees for nucs, and should we have a nectar flow, perhaps some honey may be attained. We push for a rapid growth in population in order to allow us to make strong splits that we make available to new as well as seasoned beekeepers during the spring/early summer period. We also use these splits to add to our numbers or to replace weak colonies.

As we go through our hives assessing their condition and needs, we take the opportunity to implement our comb rotation program, clean/swap out bottom boards, make any repairs that are necessary, as well as take our sample of bees for evaluation. Lots of work in the bee yard, but now onto what you really want to hear, an update on your reserved nucs and/or queens.

Welcome spring of 2015

Welcome spring of 2015

March 20, 2015, marked the first day of spring, and we welcomed it with 6 to 8 inches of snow. Winter felt like it would never leave us, and we started to grow antsy, wondering if the colonies would build up in a timely manner and allow us to meet our delivery time-frame. We continued to supplement carbohydrates and protein on a constant basis, starting on February 27, 2015.

By early April 2015, we were able to perform full inspection on our hives and we were very happy with what we were seeing. Brood nests were expanding handsomely, and the bees were gathering and storing nectar, oh what a wonderful salve to our eyes.

Early nectar

Early nectar

Spring build up

Spring build up

 

With all the work that it entails, we were fortunate that Christopher took a week leave from the US Navy to lend a very needed hand in the initial set up of our 2015 nuc and queen production.

We are sure that you are very anxious to receive your nucs and/or queens, and we perfectly understand; rest assured that we are working as diligently as the weather and our Russian honey bees permit.

Thank you very much for your patronage and support; until next time.

Warmly,

Charles & Maxine Walter

 

Timely help

Timely help

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Charles Walter on April 15, 2015 · Posted in announcements, beekeeping, country living, entrepreneurship

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John Price says:

Thank you for the update

JP

Posted on April 15th, 2015