March 24, 2017

May 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

3 Pound "Package" of Honeybees just Installed - image courtesy of  farmtotablekids.blogspot.com

3 Pound “Package” of Honeybees just Installed – image courtesy of farmtotablekids.blogspot.com

• 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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