The weather in Georgia is currently overcast with a slight drizzle, and Andy Reseska who is currently in the southern state, can even see his breath in the cool air. Yesterday was a much better day for bee flight, with the temperature in the high 60’s. Lately, with this cold weather over most of the country, the bees have been flying a few days per week, collecting pollen from the maple trees that is high in protein. The bee colonies have begun brood rearing, and will be building in population over the next few months . Georgia blueberry pollination is a few weeks away in mid February.
We move some of our bees down to Georgia in November and December to escape the cold northeast, and to give them a headstart . This time spent in Georgia is a great benefit to our bees as the warmer weather allows for us to build up the colonies and make ‘splits’. ‘Splits’ is a term used by beekeepers when we divide one colony into two colonies, and we re-queen the newly made hive allowing us to grow our operation. Furthermore, the forage in Georgia is greatly beneficial with a great deal of nectar and pollen laden flower buds for our bees to harvest from.
Our Bees that have remained in Massachusetts are hunckered down for the cold, and time will tell how they have faired. We left them with plenty of honey stores to keep them fed, and populations looked good when we last checked on them in early December.