October 31, 2014

April 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Spraying a Package of Bees with Sugar Water

Spraying a Package of Bees with Sugar Water

 

→ Monitor food reserves.

→ Feed medicated (Fumagilin-B) light syrup (1:1) to hives low on stores.

→ Scrape bottom boards and check the brood pattern on a mild day.

Install package bees April 15th or later and feed light syrup.  Some people medicate with Fumagillin.

→ Apply mite treatments to wintered colonies if Varroa are detected (mid-late April) in the drone brood.

Installing a Package of Bees in Maine

Installing a Package of Bees in Maine

→ If you medicate hives with Terramycin, dust according to label instructions.

→ Don’t bludgeon yourself eternally if you find or suspect your bees to be dead; take a deep breath, read Tony’s Feb/Mar 2011 Bee Line article, “When Disaster Strikes,” determine the (possible) cause, and learn for next season.

→ Continue feeding nucs and package bees until they have drawn out the comb in their brood chambers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This monthly post is adapted from “The Beekeepers Calendar, A Year In The Apiary-Central Maine” by Tony Jadczak, Maine State Apiarist

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