The first thing that Cookeville TN area Bee Keepers need to do in February is plan to attend our regular meeting on Thursday February 2nd – TTU South hall – chat and mingle from 6:00 with the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM.
H.L. Foust of Sunrise Apiaries in Cumberland county – purveyor of bees and beekeeping supplies will be our guest speaker at this meeting.
We will also be taking orders at the February meeting for package bees, so bring your check books. Eligible new bee keepers will be able to find out more about the TBA hive grant program as well.
You might think that there isn’t very much for a bee keeper to do in January, and there is a certain amount of truth to that, however…
As you know here in mid TN we can have nice weather almost any time – on one of those sunny days when the bees are flying and the temps are in the 50s take a quick peak into the top of your hives – no need to use smoke, but do wear a veil. Does it look too wet? If so you probably need more ventilation. Is the cluster all the way at the top? You might need to feed candy or dry sugar. Don’t stress your bees by opening the hive too much or too long, but a quick peak on a nice day won’t hurt.