The honey flow is an exciting time for beekeepers. The liquid gold comes in and your bees are at their busiest. If you are a beginner, here are a few tips on how to identify it, track it and things to do during the flow.
What is the honey flow? It’s when there is a steady flow of nectar and pollen, and good weather so that the bees can forage and make honey at an accelerated rate.
When does it occur? Typically during the summer months when the weather is good for flying, and flowers and crops are in bloom. The weather is consistently warmer with temperatures of 20°C or more, and there is enough heat for flowers to produce nectar. If you use a hive scale, it’s easy to see when it begins as you will start seeing a dramatic increase in the weight of your hive.
Your bees give cues. Your bees' behaviour will give you signs if the honey flow is on. If there is a honey flow, your bees will be busy foraging. Your frames will be filling up with nectar as the bees are in and out on collection trips. And, your hive will be gaining a lot of weight daily and weekly. In general, your bees are busy and happy, and you will see a lot of waggle dances happening.
Honey Flow Tips
At the end of the flow, make sure you remove your supers and start preparing for fall. Not sure when to take honey? See our previous blog on when to take honey.
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