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