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Why Bees Stop Making Honey

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Why Bees Stop Making Honey

By Steve Graham, Networx

Urban beekeeping is big, and many urban beekeepers are very successful at making honey. In fact, a French beekeepersí association study found that city bees in Paris generate more honey and have lower mortality rates than rural bees.

However, many urban beekeepers struggle at some point with making enough honey to collect or even to keep the colony alive. During the first season, rookie beekeepers can expect to struggle with their colonies. Honey production may be minimal, and the colonies may need additional food to make it through the winter.

More experienced beekeepers may also face a variety of problems making honey. Beekeeping is a complex and intricate pursuit with many variables. Here are a few potential reasons for a drop in honey production. These are just some troubleshooting suggestions. We recommend joining and consulting a beekeeping organization for more specific and local help with your bees and their honey.

Watch the weather

Bees that live in a given climate are well-adapted for making honey in that climate. But weather patterns seem to be getting more extreme, erratic and unpredictable in many areas, creating problems for bees and the plants they pollinate.

Too much spring rain can keep the bees from venturing out of their winter hives. On the other hand, not enough rain will limit flower growth. Likewise, extreme heat and cold are also dangerous for bees.

Be aware of extreme temperatures and precipitation, and be prepared to provide supplemental food and support to help the bees adjust.

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1:44PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

I love bees! Look where we'd be without them! Save the bees!

Thanks Much,

6:00AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Interesting information. Thanks!

9:38PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011


10:28PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011


5:54PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

maybe they're just tired of humans stealing their honey as fast as they make it. bees make honey for their own purposes. let them have it and just be thankful they are pollinating our crops for us.

3:37PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Thank you for the info!

3:16PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

A fascinating film to watch:
Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?

10:28AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

infinite dark gray mist?

below is a link to a site with a living biotic building idea...

9:02AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Thanks for the info

12:16AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Nature blessed us with everything we can think of. Honey produced by bees is one of the greatest gifts; no human can produce exactly what the bees can. Sad to say, the bees are slowing down in their production it seems. One reason according to studies: bees seem "affected by electromagnetic fields, particularly from the cellphones!" I guess there's more to this issue. Can nature "cope" or "adjust" to man's changing ways? Or, can man change its ways to "tune in" and be in "mode" with nature? Who and how can it be done?

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