January – too warm for bees

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January is the month in the middle of winter and the rest time for the bees, around hives should be peace and quiet. Instead of keeping the winter cluster warm, bees during this time unusually leisurely flying from hives and collecting pollen. Long period of warm weather has obviously changed the traditional work that we have in this winter.

Unusually warm or too hot weather with temperatures over 13 C in some parts of Europe is reason for the bees’ unusaly behavior and greater food consumption. There is more brood in the hive currently, so more than would normally be expected during this period. If this, warm weather will continue for about a week, the bee colonies are in big trouble.

to warm winter

The picture that we should see instead of warm winter without snow.

Bees will be compressed in a winter cluster and left a large part of the brood unheated or uncovered by bees. The goal of care for the rest of the brood, the bees provided additional heat and therefore spend a lot more food than usual at that time. Therefore, there is a great danger that the bees before the end of winter will be without food.

Because of that beekeepers should in the coming warm days, when it will be possible to quickly check the status of food supplies in the colonies. Families who lack food should be added, if possible, some spare honey in combs with pollen, they should be replaced by empty ones. Food should be pre-heated to room temperature.

Ex Balkan can also see report made from Zagreb, Sarajevo and Beograd below:

Source: czs.si, freepik.com and riskhoney.com

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Frenkie

The beekeeper since year 2000, lover of nature, healthy diet and technology. I`m also editor of the beeTIME.eu.

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