Make Sure You Use Enough Smoke

For some reason, beginning beekeepers seem to get a little shy with their smoker.  If you want to calm your bees, you need to get two to three full puffs of smoke into the entrance before working the colony.  Then use a little more after you open the lid or separate the boxes.  If you don’t smoke the bees enough before opening the lid, you will find that no amount of smoke will calm them down later!
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The Beekeeper’s Year – January

The Bees. The queen is surrounded by thousand of her workers. She is in the midst of their winter cluster. There is little activity except on a warm day (about 45-50 degrees) when the workers will take the opportunity to make cleansing flights. There are no drones in the hive, but some worker brood will begin to appear in the hive. The bees will consume about 25 pounds of stored honey this month. The Beekeeper. Little work is required from you at the hives. If there is heavy snow, make certain the entrance to the hive is cleared to allow
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