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THINGS TO DO

JANUARY

Reduce hive entrance

CHECK FOR DEAD BEES IN THE ENTRANCE AND CLEAR OUT

EMERGENCY FEED AS NECESSARY 2:1 SUGAR TO WATER AND POLLEN SUBSTITUE OR PATTIES

RECORD OBSERVATION OF EACH HIVE.  INSPECT ABOVE 60 DEGREES ON BRIGHT SUNNY DAY

ClEAN UP OLD FRAMES AND BOXES


FEBRUARY

MEDICATE AT LEAST 60 DAYS PRIOR TO ADDING SUPERS AS PLANTS START TO BLOOM

MID-MONTH IS EARLIEST TIME TO START RAISING NEW QUEENS

CONTINUE FEEDING 2 : 1 SUGAR TO WATER AND POLLEN TO STIMULATE BROOD PRODUCTION


MARCH

REVERSE dOUBLE BROOD BOXES IF NOT DONE IN FEBRUARY

MOVE EMPTY FRAMES TO THE CENTER OF BOX AND EMPTY BOX ON TOP

ADD SUPERS IF NECESSARY - SWARMING CAN OCCUR IN MARCH

FEED AS NEEDED - 1 : 1 SUGAR TO WATER.  THIS IS THE MONTH THAT HIVES may STARVE & DIE

EGGS LAID BY QUEEN IN MARCH WILL BE THE BEES THAT COLLECT AND MAKE YOUR HONEY CROP


APRIL

OPEN ENTRANCE REDUCERS

PREVENT SWARMING - ADD SUPERS, REMOVE NEW QUEEN CELLS

PUT OUT SWARM TRAPS IF WANTING TO CATCH SWARMS

REPLACE QUEENS AS NECESSARY - OLD AGE - LOW BROOD PRODUCES - BAD BROOD PATTEN AND / OR BAD TEMPERAMENT

RECEIVE AND START PACKAGE BEES OR NUC'S

SPLIT HIVES INTO NEW NUC HIVES

FEED NEW HIVES TILL ESTABLISHED

STRONG HONEY FLOW AND RAPID GROWTH OF HONEY IN HIVES SHOULD OCCUR

ADD SUPERS AS NECESSARY


MAY

ADD QUEEN EXCLUDERS IF WANTED

CAN SPLIT HIVES IF WANTED

THE LAST OF NUC'S AND PACKAGE BEES ARE DELIVERED BY MID MAY

FEED NEW COLONIES

PREVENT SWARMS

SOME YEARS CAPPED HONEY CAN BE EXTRACTED - OFTEN IT IS LIGHT IN COLOR


JUNE

HONEY FLOWS SHOULD BE WINDING DOWN

EXTRACTION OF SURPLUS HONEY CAN BEGIN

FEED NEW COLONIES


JULY

EXTRACTION AS HONEY FLOW SLOWS DOWN, ROBBING CAN BE A PROBLEM

PRACTICE GOOD TECHNIQUES To PREVENT ROBBING FROM STARTING

SOLAR WAX MELT OF CAPPING IN HOT SUNNY DRY WEATHER

ADD BOX TO NEW COLONIES IF iT IS NEEDED

Feed new colonies if needed