December 10, 2018

Beekeeper’s Calendar: April

Brood Comb in a (Kenya) Top Bar Hive in Maine

Brood Comb in a (Kenya) Top Bar Hive in Maine

APRIL Brood production is ramping up this month. A few good pollen and nectar sources will start blooming, but poor weather may hinder the ability of foragers to access it.  Continue monitoring food reserves and feed light syrup (1:1) inside the hive if necessary.  Scrape bottom boards and quickly check the brood pattern on a mild day (calm, sunny, and above 50F).  If weather permits, sample wintered colonies for varroa mites using sugar or alcohol roll and if Varroa are detected above threshold apply mite treatments. Install new bees and feed light syrup. Continue feeding nucs and package bees until they have drawn out the comb in their brood chambers.

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