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January 10, 2012

Raising bees | Increasing bees

If you want a bee ready for a strong nectar flow that starts on April 15th, the queen bee had to lay that worker bee egg by March 6th. Worker bees do not go out to forage for nectar or pollen until they are 19 days old, it spends the first 18 days of its life as a nurse bee doing hive duties INSIDE the hive. The gestation period for a worker bee is 21 days. Hence, from the day the queen lays the worker egg until that bee begins to forage for nectar is 21 days + 19 days that equals 40 days and 40 days later is April 15th! You must be feeding now to meet this deadline.

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