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Beekeeping Year – April

Here’s what you should be doing this month:-

  • Go to Avon BKA Spring Day School (6 April, details on their site)
  • Go to BBKA Spring Convention at Harper Adams (12-14 April, details on their site)
  • First Complete inspection
    • Shirt sleeve weather
    • Start with weakest hive
    • Gentle smoke
    • 5 rules of inspection
      • Queen/eggs
      • Space to expand
      • Stores ‘til next inspection
      • Building up well
      • Disease
    • Remove old brood combs and replace with new (feed)
    • Assess temper for later queen replacement
    • Start 14 day inspection

If mite drop >4/day (200 mites in colony) dust with icing sugar when inspecting the colony

(Reproduced from “The Beekeeping Year” by Ivor Davis on the ABKA website)

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