Days of a Beekeeper
As of 3/15/2015 we have been able to inspect all the colonies that have survived the winter in KC area. Being this winter has been much warmer than the 2014 weather.. bees have come thru the winter in great shape, all colonies have laying queens, and they are starting to increase in population as the young bees start hatching..
We have only lost approx. 10% of the colonies that started into winter, which amounts to approx. 30 colonies. This leave's us in a real good position to make quite a few new colonies, and are setting our goals for 400+ producing hives by June 2015.
We had a nice turnout for our first beekeeping class of 2015.. We had 17 people join the class for the Friday evening session, and Saturday day class.
As in the past, we like to limit the number of people to around 20 students. Lots of very good questions were asked, and excited beekeepers in the making..
Still have some openings in the next class for March...
With the warmer weather the last couple of days, I was able to look at 4 yards of bees,, (About 50 colonies), and seem to be in GREAT shape as for population, and feed stores... was necessary to feed the ones that needed it, and am seeing about a 8% loss, which if this continues for the rest of the winter, we should see a very good survial rate. This would mean we can increase our total counts to over our expected counts, and should have 400+ producing colonies for the honeyflow in June 2015.
Wrapping up a trip to California for the ABF annual conference, what a busy 5 days of meetings and talks... Allways great to attend these as we allways learn something. This year I presented two programs will in attendance. Lots of good questions.
Now have lots of projects to start & complete before spring arrives. Little concerned for the bees, as it has been really cold and very low wind chill factors... hoping we get some 40-50 degree days pretty soon, as the the bees really need to fly around for a while...
We are attending the ABF meeting in Anaheim, California... got to say the weather has been great in the low 80's the last couple of days. We are excited to atttend this annual conference, as we allways leave learning new things, and getting pumped up for the upcomming year. Stay tuned for new things on the web site.