Is it OK to work on my hive in the dark? Will I lose bees?
Oh darn, I've not done it! I will go out some summer nights and take night-shot pictures of them bearding on the entrance board in the heat, but they don't seem to mind that so much.Everyone has to do it at least once OR you aint a real beekeeper :lol:
Actually I did it at least one night a week last August and September, when our daytime temps were over 100 for 70 days and too blistering to wear a suit, and when the robbers were attacking at dawn. If I needed to check on anything that involved opening the hive during the feral hive attacks, I had to do it when they had all gone home..Everyone has to do it at least once OR you aint a real beekeeper :lol:And you will only do it once I promise.......... Promise
If you intend to move bees for pollination, working them late night or early morning will be preferrable to keep from losing as many bees. Just remember all your forragers will be home and not forraging, which means they'll be free for guard duty, so you've got to take greater care at night and don't act like a bull in a China shop.Is it OK to work on my hive in the dark?
One of our local professional beekeepers says to use LED lights when working them at night, and I'm inclined to believe she knows what she's talking about. I would probably go a step further and use a red filter to make sure the light is in a wavelength that the bees can't see but you can see.and don't use a flashlight or a headlamp :lol:
Sure, why not? Just make sure that they are empty of bees before you start. :rolling:Is it OK to work on my hive in the dark?
I did it once last year.
Here is my advice:
Invite your worst enemy over to help you. Have them stand away from you and hold the flashlight for you.
as much as we have poked fun about this, all very, very true!...ef has put it succinctly and has a great post, it's about what you are doing dakine. many beeks here been there done that, and then some :grin: as you read, and cuz it's got to be tried! bees are not inactive at night, hive duties continue 24-7. i think there is something to be said about tec's earlier post about using a 'red' headlamp for moving hives at night. i will move hives at night, but i would not decide to dig around and examine frames, even with a red headlamp on. save that work for your 'day shift' :grin:Sure, why not? Just make sure that they are empty of bees before you start. :rolling:
But if that's the situation, why not just turn on the lights. :lol:
But seriously---it depends on just what kind of work you are talking about. If you want to move a hive, night time is best. But make sure the hive is closed so the bees can't get out while you are moving them. But don't suffocate them.
If you intend to open the hive and move or examine frames at night, forget it. The calmest bees go wild. Yes you'll lose bees, from stings, from falling off, from squashing, ....from just about anything you can imagine. :chased: