In this section you'll find an overview of the kinds of activities that you should be conducting each season. Lacelle's Apiary is here to support you in this process; if you have questions, we'd be delighted to help!
Seasonal management pages
- Spring should be a time for beekeepers to be primarily concerned with sufficient food stores and checking for disease and mite control.
- In the Fall bees normally cluster between the combs near the bottom of the stored honey.
- During the winter, they gradually eat their way upwards.
- As the cluster reaches the top of the hive, food reserves may be depleted.
- Bees will not go down to get food in cold weather weather even if it is present.
- If the cluster is near the top of hive, emergency feeding may be necessary.
- Bees will not take sugar syrup if the temperature's are to cold (below 10 Deg C), also the bees have problems inverting the sucrose and handling the excess water.
- You can feed frames of honey if you are certain they are disease free. Place the frames of honey as close as possible to the cluster without disrupting it.
- Another way to supplement food stores is to feed sugar blocks, placed directly on the cluster with a spacer.
- Supplemental feeding should be continued until natural supplies of nectar become available or the bees may starve.
- For ready made supplemental sugar feeder blocks click this link: http://lacellesapiary.com/collections/feeds-treatments/products/late-winter-feed
- Weather permitting- Spring Cleaning- Unwrap Hives and clean colonies
- Remove dead colonies and determine cause of death.
- Check colony strength- bees, brood, honey and pollen stores.
- Colony inspections should now take place every two weeks and include evaluating the brood pattern, confirming the presence of the queen and / or eggs, evaluating colony growth and available room and monitoring for pests and disease.
- If you install a nuc, allow two weeks for the colony to establish before you inspect it.
- Your bees should be foraging for what they need, but they also need a lot at this time, so remain vigilant and prepared to feed sugar syrup or a pollen supplement if necessary.
- Provide supers if the brood chambers are full and the population/stores are growing with the first honey flows of spring.With new nucs i would feed them once set-up.