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Effect of 2 queen colonies wardecker waterers and feeding pollen on winter honey production in southwest arizona usa



Effect of 2 queen colonies wardecker waterers and feeding pollen on winter honey production in southwest arizona usa



American Bee Journal 119(11): 776-777



Three management practices were studied in a factorial statistical design in an 80 colony apiary located 1 1/2 miles northeast of San Luis, Arizona. Forty 2-queen colonies produced 88% more honey/colony than single queen colonies during the 55 day between Jan. 26 and March 22, 1978. In the same apiary colonies with Wardecker waterers made 21% more honey than colonies without waterers. The 40 colonies fed pollen weekly gained only 3% more than colonies not fed pollen during this 55 day period. This lack of response to pollen feeding probably occurred because the bees were able to collect large amounts of pollen from the desert flowers. The desert was blanketed with flowering plants during this study because of above normal fall and winter rainfall in the area.

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