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Beekeeping Year – June

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

Continue with inspections Practice marking (and clipping) drones Ensure sufficient supers for main flow Extract full supers Continue swarm control Mate new queens Collect swarms (if you know how to)

Monitor mite drop <10 day OK (~400)

In emergency […]

Beekeeping Year – April

Here’s what you should be doing this month:- Go to BBKA Spring Convention at Harper Adams (13 – 15 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 […]

Beekeeping Year – February

Things to do this month:-

Read and study Watch the bees for pollen intake Plants (Crocus, Salix, Viburnum, Blackthorn….) Consider stimulating by feeding Watch for dead hives (varroosis) Tidy up the apiary whilst the bees are not flying much Clean (& repaint) varroa monitoring boards […]

Beekeeping Year – January

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

Clean and prepare spare equipment (Supers, Nuc boxes, Replacement brood frames, Spare brood boxes, Queen excluders) Plan your activities for the year (Increase, maximise honey crop, queen replacement, queen rearing, new techniques) Attend all branch meetings Read some beekeeping books Consider taking some assessments (Basic, Husbandry, Modules […]

Beekeeping Year – December

Things to do this month:-

Relax Enjoy beekeeping from outside the hive Drink some mead if you have it.

Treat colonies with Oxalic acid, once and when minimal brood present

Monitor total mite fall (~2-300)

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Beekeeping Year – March

Things to do this month:-

Ensure beekeeping clothing is clean and ready for use Go to Branch apiary practice meetings Take Modules Go to Avon AGM Plan shopping list for the year and consider visiting BBKA Spring Convention near Telford First quick inspection Prepare to wash/replace gloves if diseased/ dead hive found Have a bucket […]

Beekeeping Year – June

Things to do this month:-

Continue with inspections Practice marking (and clipping) drones Ensure sufficient supers for main flow Extract full supers Continue swarm control Mate new queens Collect swarms (if you know how to) Monitor mite drop <10 day OK (~400) In emergency dust with icing sugar or 1 tray of Apiguard for 2 […]

Beekeeping Year – November

Things to do this month:-

Go on holiday Study for BBKA exams Go to Branch AGM Clean up apiary Clean tools and equipment Sell surplus honey Leave bees alone […]

Beekeeping Year – May

Things to do this month:-

Move to 1 week inspection (or clipped queens) Look for drones & queen cells Put Queen excluders on Put first super(s) on Ensure Queen has plenty of room to lay Consider taking a small nuc to raise a fresh queen Consider Snelgrove split

(Important keep Queen laying but stop colony […]

Beekeeping Year – April

Things to do this month:-

Go to Spring Day School Go to Stoneleigh 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 […]