Tips for the Month:

  • Do a disease check. If you find sac brood or a lot of chalk brood, think about doing a Bailey comb change or a shook swarm once the colony is strong enough and if there is a good flow. Make up syrup to feed once you have done the procedure.

  • Do a varroa check and treat if necessary - look on BeeBase to see how to calculate the risk.

  • Start regular weekely inspections to monitor for swarm preparations.

  • Make sure you have everything you need to do an artificial swarm.

  • Ensure you have a super ready, either with foundation or drawn comb to put on as soon as ¾ of frames in the broodbox are covered with bees. (Don’t forget your queen excluder.) If you are near oilseed rape make sure you have other supers to hand, and as soon as bees are covering ¾ of the super frames put on another super. Do ensure your super frames line up with your brood frames.

  • Review your beekeeping notes and decide which colonies you may want to breed from in the current season, perhaps think of making up Nuc’s as Celia described in her talk recently.

  •  When you do your first inspection, move the broodbox onto a bench or some stacked empty super boxes and remove the dirty old floor and place a clean, flamed floor onto the original site, replacing the brood box on the clean floor. If you have another hive, clean and flame the floor you have removed from hive 1 and repeat the process on hive 2.


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