Tips for the Month:

  • Carry out a varroa check to determine levels of infestation and whether you need to treat once you have removed the honey crop.

     

  • Unite healthy colonies with a new queen

  • Continue 7 day inspections to prevent swarming where needed.

  • Ensure the Queen has space to lay in the broodbox and in poor weather that there are sufficient stores for the colony, at least 2 brood frames full.

  • Don’t add supers if there is still space in the supers currently on the hive, try to get the frames sealed and ready for extraction.

  • Remove sealed supers for extraction. Book the branch extractor 

  • Do a disease inspection to ensure bees are healthy before preparations for winter.

  • Ensure bees have access to water near the hives - they like shallow gravel beds.