Years 2 & 3 Hive Tasks

By: Ann Harman
  • It’s Spring Hive Cleaning Time!
  • Select a day above 60°F, warm sun, low wind, to inspect hives from top to bottom
  • While inspecting replace any old or damaged equipment
  • Help the bees by cleaning off bottom board and area underneath hive
  • Clean up any Winter debris from beeyard
  • In bear country, inspect and repair bear and small critter fence
  • Select old and damaged comb for replacement during a good nectar flow
  • If using foundation (Langstroth) for replacement mist it with 1:1 sugar syrup with Honey-B-Healthy as an attractant 
  • Depending on weather, monitor food supply, pollen and nectar
  • If necessary, feed with 1:1 sugar syrup and pollen patties
  • Monitor pollen patties for small hive beetles
  • Inspect brood pattern and colony numbers – does queen need replacement?
  • If colony is weak but disease-free, combine with strong colony
  • Kill the queen in the weak colony when combining
  • If any disease suspected contact local bee inspector or experienced beekeeper
  • If in small hive beetle area, keep inspection to a minimum
  • Look for swarm signs – drones at entrance, queen cells at bottom bar of frames
  • Learn swarm time in your area and use your preferred method of swarm prevention
  • Brood chambers can be reversed if bottom one is empty
  • Reverse every seven to 10 days until strong nectar flow begins
  • If reversing, do not split brood pattern
  • Do you know your Spring nectar and pollen plants? If not, learn them
  • Have honey supers ready before nectar flow begins
  • If feeding syrup do not put any honey supers on
  • Monitor the weather during strong nectar flow – increase or decrease honey supers if necessary

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