November 22, 2014

May 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

3 Pound "Package" of Honeybees - Getting Ready to Install

3 Pound “Package” of Honeybees – Getting Ready to Install

→ Inspect the brood pattern at the beginning of dandelion bloom.

→ Check the queen’s performance, symptoms of brood disease and Varroa.

→ Reverse brood chambers if bees are in the upper box only.

→ Apply mite treatments and requeen failing queens if necessary.

→ Divide and requeen colonies at fruit bloom via multiple frame splits or colony divides to recoup winter loss, increase apiary size and swarm control.

→ Treat for mites if detected on workers or in drone brood.

→ Inspect package bee colonies for health and queen condition.

→ Manipulate frames if necessary to aid in comb construction.

→ Manage hives for population buildup and swarm prevention.

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

→ Urban and suburban beekeepers should put out swarm traps prior to May 15th.

 

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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