Not seeing much pollen coming in

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  1. ASTMedic

    ASTMedic New Member

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    So sitting watching my hive today since the blackberries have opened up their blooms today. I was expecting to see more bees coming back with pollen but didn't see many. Plenty of bees coming and going but few loaded with pollen. Do they collect more nectar than pollen?
     
  2. Iddee

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    I would be looking for eggs and/or queen. More brood they have, more pollen they gather. No brood, no pollen.
     

  3. ASTMedic

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    I was just interested as to why so many bees were out foraging but so little coming back with pollen. I'd say one bee with pollen every min if that.
     
  4. Crofter

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    Last week mine were 4 pollen for every one not hauling pollen. Two weeks ago there was very little pollen in comb; but a few days ago there was lots in stores. Today I noticed much less pollen coming in and dandelions finally starting to bloom. Maybe their orders said "hold the pollen for a few days! Was getting worried somethings amiss. Will have to have a look tomorrow if it is nice enough to see what they are up to. Hope to see some drone brood capped.
     
  5. ASTMedic

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    Right now I have a good group of bees hanging around the entrance. Not bearding or anything but just hanging out. Looks like orientation flights too. I was just trying to figure out why so many are milling about on the landing board and so few are foraging.
     
  6. Crofter

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    Isn't that one of the signs of preparation to swarm?
     
  7. ASTMedic

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    Ya but the colony is not even close to that big. Just got it as a Nuc a month ago.
     
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    So, how do your frames look medic? Queen, eggs?
     
  9. ASTMedic

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    UTL the queen. Found 4, what look to be, supersedure cells. Brood is scattered. Bees look good other than that. Very active. Taking sugar syrup well.
     
  10. PerryBee

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    Wow, we've had drones flying, and most hives are producing plenty of them. Just how far North are you?
     
  11. Crofter

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    [h=4]Decimal :[/h] [TABLE]
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    [TD]46.18801530[/TD]
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    [TD]-82.93797460[/TD]
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    [TD]46° 11' 16.85"N[/TD]
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    [TD]82° 56' 16.71"W[/TD]
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    On the shore of lake Huron and the ice in the north channel hangs on late, slowing the season a bit. Our dandelions only started to bloom a few days ago. Snow flakes all night and still half snow half rain