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Top Tips for April....

  • As soon as it's warm enough (16ºC) start inspections of each of your hives and check:
    1. Is the queen laying?
    2. Is the hive building up?
    3. Does the colony have enough space?
    4. Is there enough food for the time being?
    5. Are there any queen cells?
    6. Are there any signs of disease?
    If necessary take appropriate action.

  • Think about which swarm control method you are going to use.

Top Tips for May....

  • Carry out 7 day inspections looking for open queen cells with larvae and take swarm control measures
  • Make sure you have sufficient supers and add them before the bees need them
  • Make sure you have swarm collection equipment to hand and somewhere to put any swarms
  • Think about whether you are going to take a spring crop of honey.

Top Tips for June....

  • Remove spring honey from the hive if required
  • Watch for food shortages this month and feed as necessary. Remove supers if you do this to avoid sugar being stored in the frames
  • Continue to monitor hives for pending swarms and undertake control as necessary
  • Varroa can start to increase over the next couple of months so check that it's not getting out of control. Main treatment is in August after removing the honey crop.