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Bee Prepared for April 2014

2014-04-03 12:02:39 charles

Equipment:

  • Get honey supers ready for honey flow
  • Final touches for new hives and supers

Tasks:

  • Comprehensive inspection
    • Need good records
    • Can you find evidence of a good laying queen
      • Nice solid laying pattern
      • Consider replacing if pattern is off
      • Are plenty of eggs and brood present
  • Continue reversing the hive bodies every 10-14 days
    • Allows for better distribution of brood
    • Stimulates growth of the colony
    • Gives queen more room for brood laying
    • Take top hive body and place on bottom board and then place the one that was on the bottom on top
  • Equalize hives
    • Combine weak hives
    • Not worth trying to “nurse” them back to health
      • Time consuming
      • Re-queening cost
      • Weak hive inviting pests and disease
        • Possibly spread to other hives
      • Keep your hives strong

Hive:

  • Keep feeding
    • Continues to help build the bee population
    • No supers on hive yet
      • Intake of sugar not going into honey production
      • Feeding to help get hive off to a great start
        • Pollen patties are still needed
  • When bees no longer take the food you are supplying
    • Stop feeding them
    • Put supers on hives
    • Bees are now collecting from early spring flowering plants
  • Remove entrance reducers if you have not already done so
  • Weather
    • Can be a cold and wet month
    • Limited opportunities to forage for food
    • So you must continue to inspect the hive to be sure they have enough food stores
  • Inspect hives for any abnormalities
  • Swarm
    • Check brood and queen for swarm preparations
  • Honey flow preparation
    • Place honey supers on top of the top deep around the 3rd or 4th week in April
  • Packaged bees
    • Installed as early as possible
    • Take advantage of early blooms
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April 2014 Newsletter

2014-04-03 11:58:04 charles

April 2014 Bee Con Final

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