During the spring time in the prairies and BC the weather can fluctuate a lot. One day you can feel the summer heat coming and then you get stretches of wet and cool weather. The fluctuating temperatures can affect a honey bee colony in many different ways.
In the spring we can get a lot of rain. Rain keeps honey bees inside the hive so they do less foraging. Although, bees can still fly during light showers, but not in heavy rain. Spring feeding is important during the spring because of times of dearth and when the weather doesn't permit the honey bees to forage.
Tip: If stormy, windy weather is in the forecast, your hives should be secured so they don't topple over. Heavy rocks can be used on top of a hive cover to provide weight. If there are high winds, you can use straps to secure boxes together.
We all love hot summers, but too much heat can mean different things for our bees. Heat affects crops, water sources and so much more that affect honey bee colonies. Hot weather can affect colonies by:
Tip: Screened bottom boards can be helpful to make sure there is enough airflow going through the hive
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