→ 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