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updated  5/03/2011

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Beekeepers Calendar

January

February

Emergency feeding
Repair old equipment
Order package bees
Locate good site for new apiaries

 

Emergency feeding
Order package bees and queens
Assemble supers and frames
Clean and repair old supers
Feed pollen substitute
Prepare sugar syrup for spring feeding

March

April

Feed syrup on warm days
Feed pollen patties
Feed Fumadil-B
Unite queenless colonies
Clean out bottom boards& entrances
Place hives for package bees

Purchase over wintered hives (inspected)
Strengthen weak hives with queenless packages
Stimulate feed
Install package bees
Cull out old or bad brood comb

May

June

Check for queen cells
Check for brood diseases
Manipulate hives to prevent swarming
Provide afternoon shade
Add honey supers as needed
Provide ventilation
Make divisions (splits)
Replace poor brood frames

Check for queen cells
Manipulate hives to prevent swarming
Provide excess honey super space
Last chance for making    divisions (splits)
Check and requeen if necessary
Rear queens above double screen
Check for brood disease
Extract spring honey if desired

July

August

Check for queen cells
Check for brood disease
Add supers for summer flow
Check water sources
Provide shade

Check for brood disease
Add supers for fall nectar flow
Requeen if honey flow is on
Provide shade

September

October

Provide more supers as needed
Check for brood disease
Requeen failing colonies
Remove excess honey

 


Add supers as needed
Check for brood disease
Unite weak colonies
Fumigate empty combs for storage
Remove fall honey excess
Feed Fumadil-B after honey supers are off
Feed Terramycine
Set aside supers needing repairs
Feed sugar syru
p

November

December

Feed sugar syrup
Prepare for winter
Install mouse guard
Install entrance reducer
Provide top ventilation
Provide wind break

Take equipment inventory
Order new equipment
Make repairs on equipment