Work in apiary February: we check the vitality of families

Published : 2019-02-08 17:23:47
Categories : Bees diary

Work in apiary February: let's check the vitality of families

With winter temperatures or temperatures below 16° C it is always strongly discouraged to open the hives to inspect the families, but it is always good to go to the apiary at least once a month to see how the situation proceeds.


Always take into account the area in which you live and the characteristics of the territory in which you breed the bees to adapt the timing of the work and controls to be carried out in apiary to the needs of your bees!


Always assess the presence of stockpiles, better five more minutes spent in apiary than a starvation death we could avoid!

Check also that the candy bags are well positioned and that the hole for the passage of bees from the nest to the cable cover is free.

It may happen that the bag sags on itself and obstructs part or all of the passage.

In this regard you can also use the Canditap, a small tool that serves to keep the bag nylon lifted.

here you can buy the Canditap

canditap to keep the candy accessible to bees


The easiest way and one that will satisfy us the most, will be to observe the exit of the bees from the flight doors: this not only fascinates us but also reassures us immediately that the bees are alive.

Obviously the flight will occur only if the temperatures are sufficient to stimulate the exit of the bees to empty the rectal ampulla or to forge the first pollen; below we explain in detail what to deduce from the observation.

If there is snow accumulation on the ground, you can see if there are traces of droppings (yellowish dots) and thus have proof that the hive is not uninhabited and that so far you have done a good job!

If, however, the time to devote to bees is little and we are forced to go there on a cloudy and cold day, then we can try to knock on the hive: approach your ear to a wall of the hive and knock with knuckles: the bees are polite hosts and will soon respond with a reassuring buzz, more or less loud depending on the size of the family!



the pollen of the male hazelnut inflorescence, called Amento.

Amento maschile di Nocciolo

Bee that buttons pollen on kernel bud

Bone is a source of protein and the baskets loaded with pollen curtains of the foragers returning to the hive (photo above) show us that there is the presence of brood to feed and that therefore life in the combs is proceeding regularly ...


maybe too much: it would be better to rest for the queen but let's take what nature has to offer and let's treasure it.

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