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Has the nectar flow started?

Bee Foraging Beekeeper Beekeeping Bees Honey Nectar Flow

I have to say that knowing when the nectar flow has started has been the single most difficult thing for me to learn as a new beekeeper. As I prepared for my first spring I asked other beekeepers this magical question, "when does the nectar flow start?" Their responses seem to vary from, "typically in late March", "when the bees stop eating syrup", "when the maple trees bloom", and "when you see flowers blooming" was the primary responses I received. This left me more confused and wondering if there is a better way to tell.  I looked on the internet for a more scientific method....

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Be Swarm, Identify, Plan, and Prevent.

Bee Swarm Bee Swarm Prevention Beekeeper Beekeeping Bees Bees Out of Space Nectar Flow

Spring and early fall is swarm time for bees! When bees swarm the hive is short quite a few bees and your neighbors might not be too happy to have uninvited guests either. It's been helpful for me to plan ahead so that I have confidence going into swarm season. I recently saw a YouTube video on Bruce White's "Save Our Bees" channel that covers how to identify and prevent bee colonies from swarming.  Bees swarm when they are out of space. Typically this happens in the Spring when bees start building up fast and late summer, early fall, when bees...

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