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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 […]

Beekeeping Year – December

Here’s what you should be doing 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)

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

Beekeeping Year – October

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

Check stability of the hives Reduce inspections Add mouse guards and protect from wood peckers etc. Heft hives and give last feed for winter

* Monitor mite drop <10/day OK

* >10/day (Apiguard not effective) consider Kramer plates or dusting with icing sugar

(Reproduced from “The Beekeeping […]

Beekeeping Year – September

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

Feed colonies that need it Reduce to planned number of colonies Prepare for Honey shows Expect more nectar flows Reduce inspections to fortnightly Expect reduction in colony size and brood area

* Remove Apiguard trays

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

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Beekeeping Year – August

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

Remove the supers for extraction Ensure the colony is left with space to hold ~35 lbs honey Extract and store honey Check water content and labelling requirements Clean supers (on colony and then using Certan etc.) Render wax cappings etc. Clean or replace dirty super frames Move […]

Beekeeping Year – July

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

Continue weekly inspections Watch for swarms Add supers (up to 1 a week) Prepare extraction equipment and storage Place nucs into full hives or combine with current colonies Render wax scrapings, burr comb and brace comb

Monitor mite drop […]

Beekeeping Year – May

Here’s what you should be doing 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

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Beekeeping Year – March

Here’s what you should be doing 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 Stoneleigh First quick inspection Prepare to wash/replace gloves if diseased/ dead hive found Have a bucket of […]

Beekeeping Year – February

Here’s what you should be doing 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

(Reproduced from “The Beekeeping Year” by Ivor […]

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 […]