By: Ann Harman
Spring Is A Busy Time For Beekeepers
- Review all current equipment.
- Make a list of equipment needed for coming year.
- Take advantage of equipment supplier January sales.
- Check hives and beeyard after Winter storms.
- Check colonies once a month but do not break cluster. Wear your veil.
- Frames of honey can be moved closer to cluster.
- In cold climates if food is needed, feed ‘wet sugar’ blocks.
- In warm climates feed 1:1 or slightly weaker sugar syrup to encourage egg laying.
- If any dead colonies, block entrances until you can inspect for a problem.
- In temperate climates bees will take cleansing flights if bright sun and 40° or more.
- The arrival of Spring depends on climate.
- Be a Weather Watcher and a Plant Watcher.
- Drones seen at entrance mean swarm season is beginning.
- In warm climates strong colonies can be split.• Read the bee book you got for Christmas. Learn something new about honey bees.
- Attend your local club meetings.
- Plan to be an apprentice mentor this year. You are certain to learn something.