Please support Friends of the Bees to keep this forum free to use.

Natural Beekeeping International Forum
low-cost, low-impact, balanced beekeeping for everyone

 Forum FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileYour Profile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Please Read The Rules before posting.



(country selected automatically - UK/USA/CA/AU)
Gauging Nectar Flow

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    beekeeping forum -> Bright ideas, experiments and projects
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Peter123
New Bee


Joined: 28 Oct 2014
Posts: 5
Location: Victoria, BC Canada

PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:36 pm    Post subject: Gauging Nectar Flow Reply with quote

Hello members, I have a hummingbird feeder outside my window and it gives my family great enjoyment. Something I noticed, that I'm sure others have, is a hummingbird feeder can be a good indicator of nectar flow which can help in hive management. Hummingbirds like bees prefer nectar over sugar water, so you can get a good indication of nectar flow by how often you have to fill the feeder. Just thought I'd share my observation.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Jasbee
Nurse Bee


Joined: 18 Nov 2014
Posts: 39
Location: Sydney, Australia

PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing that observation. My son (8 years) is fascinated by humming birds but living in Australia hasn't ever seen one in real life. Do your bees use the feeder too?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Peter123
New Bee


Joined: 28 Oct 2014
Posts: 5
Location: Victoria, BC Canada

PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Guaging Nectar Flow Reply with quote

Thanks for responding Jasbee. The bees try to use the feeder but it has little plastic screen plugs that prevent them from getting to the nectar. Are there no hummingbirds in Australia? I'm on the southern most part of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada and the hummingbirds overwinter here. It's a relatively recent phenomenom which probably speaks to global warming.
Can I ask what is the main nectar flow for honey bees in your area?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Jasbee
Nurse Bee


Joined: 18 Nov 2014
Posts: 39
Location: Sydney, Australia

PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm such a newbie that I'm not really sure. We live in suburbia with bush within flying distance so our bees have a pretty good diverse supply year round (I think due to our warm winter days they will continue collecting on fine days). The was a big flow when the local Maleleuca (paperbark) trees flowered but our mentor said that there was a honey shortage as the eucalyptus trees hadn't flowered. So maybe they would be our main flow. There are so many things to learn.
No humming birds in Australia - plenty of brightly coloured noisy parrots though.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    beekeeping forum -> Bright ideas, experiments and projects All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

SPECIAL OFFER FOR UK FORUM MEMBERS - Buy your protective clothing here and get a special 15% discount! (use the code BAREFOOTBEEKEEPER at checkout and be sure to 'update basket')



Are the big energy companies bleeding you dry?


Is way too much of your hard-earned family income going up in smoke?

Are you worried about what could happen if the ageing grid system fails?

You need to watch this short video NOW to find out how YOU can cut your energy bills TO THE BONE within 30 days!

WATCH THE VIDEO NOW



(country selected automatically - UK/USA/CA/AU)

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

Barefoot Beekeeper Podcast



Now available from Lulu.com


Now available from Lulu.com


Now available from Lulu.com


4th Edition paperback now available from Lulu.com

See beekeeping books for details and links to ebook versions.
site map
php. BB © 2001, 2005 php. BB Group

View topic - Gauging Nectar Flow - Natural Beekeeping Network Forum