Backyard Beekeeping Part 18: Heat Wave

The Chicagoland area has had three consecutive days at or above 100 degrees, hasn’t happened here in 65 years … since 1947. The bees are busy trying to keep cool day and night. Some nighttime activity is shown.

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  2. Backyard Beekeeping Part 17: Pekoe
  3. Backyard Beekeeping Part 17: Pekoe
  4. Backyard Beekeeping Part 15: Building a Two Hive Stand
  5. Backyard Beekeeping Part 16: 2nd Season, Hiving 2 Packages of Bees
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14 Responses to Backyard Beekeeping Part 18: Heat Wave

  1. pkvalsvik says:

    Wow, glad it just about never get so hot here in Norway :D  Do you think that the hie heat disrupts their honey production? And is there something that can be done to help the bees through this extreme period?

  2. prepperspastor says:

    It has been hot in western N.C. as well. Our bees have been doing the same thing. With temps and heat index over 100 for consecutive days the bees are trying to regulate temps. Keep an eye on them and provide a water source (5 gallon bucket) close by, they will find it and use it.

  3. epawlus77 says:

    Greetings to you in Norway! I just came from taking out two full supers of honey so I don’t think it has disrupted their production, and here at the beginning of July. So I guess the answer is no. As for helping them, you can add a ventilation rim or drill some ventilation holes. Always need plenty of water.

  4. epawlus77 says:

    Yes I think this heat wave has hit a good part of the US. Thanks for the advice, I’ll keep their watering station full.

  5. pkvalsvik says:

    Ah! Great to hear! And thanks for the reply and the tips! Hope you keep up making these videoe’s :D

  6. CanYouBelieveThat says:

    you could whip out your high top feeders and just feel them with water and some ice cubes too.

  7. CanYouBelieveThat says:

    You could whip out your hive top feeders and fill them with water and a few ice cubes. That way you don’t lose water to the heat, it will condensate on the cover mostly. Keep the cubes away from the bees feeding hole.

  8. PrincessAloeVera says:

    wow they ARE workin hard! Aloha from Maui Michelle!

  9. Outlander1963UK says:

    Happy 4th. we are having a bad season this side of the pond very wet. It’s to do with the position of the jet stream iv been told. Had my bees three weeks now and picking a swarm up Friday evening.

    Good to see you back wish your videos were as long as last years.

  10. epawlus77 says:

    That’s an interesting idea, I might give it a try. How is your NUC doing? I just got an early harvest of honey.

  11. epawlus77 says:

    Now you know where the term “busy as a bee” comes from!

  12. epawlus77 says:

    Thanks! I guess UK and wet are synonymous terms. Crazy weather here, we had a very mild winter so I guess it’s time to pay the price with a hot summer. Good luck with your bees.

  13. CanYouBelieveThat says:

    Are both your hives of similar size? One of mine has drawn the entire 2nd deep and the other is still on frame 6 of the 1st deep?

  14. epawlus77 says:

    One is slightly more productive that the other but not by much, they are very similar. You can transfer frames of sealed brood from the strong the strong hive to the weak one. You can look up the technique in your books or online. But it sounds like that second hive is having serious issues, is there still a queen? If she’s there, it sounds like something is wrong with her.

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Backyard Beekeeping Part 18: Heat Wave

The Chicagoland area has had three consecutive days at or above 100 degrees, hasn’t happened here in 65 years … since 1947. The bees are busy trying to keep cool day and night. Some nighttime activity is shown.

Related posts:

  1. Backyard Beekeeping Part 18: Heat Wave
  2. Backyard Beekeeping Part 17: Pekoe
  3. Backyard Beekeeping Part 17: Pekoe
  4. Backyard Beekeeping Part 15: Building a Two Hive Stand
  5. Backyard Beekeeping Part 16: 2nd Season, Hiving 2 Packages of Bees
This entry was posted in Beekeeping Video and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to Backyard Beekeeping Part 18: Heat Wave

  1. pkvalsvik says:

    Wow, glad it just about never get so hot here in Norway :D Do you think that the hie heat disrupts their honey production? And is there something that can be done to help the bees through this extreme period?

  2. prepperspastor says:

    It has been hot in western N.C. as well. Our bees have been doing the same thing. With temps and heat index over 100 for consecutive days the bees are trying to regulate temps. Keep an eye on them and provide a water source (5 gallon bucket) close by, they will find it and use it.

  3. epawlus77 says:

    Greetings to you in Norway! I just came from taking out two full supers of honey so I don’t think it has disrupted their production, and here at the beginning of July. So I guess the answer is no. As for helping them, you can add a ventilation rim or drill some ventilation holes. Always need plenty of water.

  4. epawlus77 says:

    Yes I think this heat wave has hit a good part of the US. Thanks for the advice, I’ll keep their watering station full.

  5. pkvalsvik says:

    Ah! Great to hear! And thanks for the reply and the tips! Hope you keep up making these videoe’s :D

  6. CanYouBelieveThat says:

    you could whip out your high top feeders and just feel them with water and some ice cubes too.

  7. CanYouBelieveThat says:

    You could whip out your hive top feeders and fill them with water and a few ice cubes. That way you don’t lose water to the heat, it will condensate on the cover mostly. Keep the cubes away from the bees feeding hole.

  8. PrincessAloeVera says:

    wow they ARE workin hard! Aloha from Maui Michelle!

  9. Outlander1963UK says:

    Happy 4th. we are having a bad season this side of the pond very wet. It’s to do with the position of the jet stream iv been told. Had my bees three weeks now and picking a swarm up Friday evening.

    Good to see you back wish your videos were as long as last years.

  10. epawlus77 says:

    That’s an interesting idea, I might give it a try. How is your NUC doing? I just got an early harvest of honey.

  11. epawlus77 says:

    Now you know where the term “busy as a bee” comes from!

  12. epawlus77 says:

    Thanks! I guess UK and wet are synonymous terms. Crazy weather here, we had a very mild winter so I guess it’s time to pay the price with a hot summer. Good luck with your bees.

  13. CanYouBelieveThat says:

    Are both your hives of similar size? One of mine has drawn the entire 2nd deep and the other is still on frame 6 of the 1st deep?

  14. epawlus77 says:

    One is slightly more productive that the other but not by much, they are very similar. You can transfer frames of sealed brood from the strong the strong hive to the weak one. You can look up the technique in your books or online. But it sounds like that second hive is having serious issues, is there still a queen? If she’s there, it sounds like something is wrong with her.

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