What’s Next for Your Hive

January To Do List

A typical over wintering hives will have 15,000 to 30,000 bees.  They will be in a tight cluster that is distribute over 3-6 frames of comb.  This cluster will mover very slowly over the comb.  The cluster will consume  food stored in the comb to be able to generate the

January Hives

heat needed to maintain 65-80 degrees in the center of the cluster and 45-60 on the outside of the cluster.  A healthly cluster could consume about a pound of honey per day on cold winters day.  If you not sure if your cluster is alive you can gently blow in the entrance and listen to hear you cluster buzz with a slight irritation.  If the temp rises above 48 you can likly see the bee taking cleansing flights.  This is good for the bees.  Here are a list of to do’s during January.

  • Look over periodically, but do not open your hives.  Just keep you hives safe from winter storms.
  • Make sure you have some mouse guards in place, we don’t want mice eating any of the stores for the colony.
  • This is a good time to repair your equipment thats no in use
  • Good time to attend a bee club meeting
  • Read a good bee book
  • If you have any surplus honey try to sell it, or give it as gifts
  • You have little to know choice when it comes to adding feed.  The best solution for a extremely light hive is to place a honey super on top of the hive.  Best to do this during mid day.  This should only be done if you really feel the colony is at risk of starving.
  • You can always keep a journal entry on the weight and activity of the hive.
  • Order additional package bees or nucs if needs be.