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Simon's Monthly Tips

June

If the weather is nice, the bees will be in full swing, but you should take the “Great British Summer” into account! Feed if the weather lets you down.  Keep a careful eye out for queen cell production. Check the beehive for a good laying pattern and a healthy queen. Add more supers if you need to, and ready your equipment for honey production.

TO DO:

  • Regular inspections, checking especially for queen cells
  • Ensure there is space in the brood area for egg laying to prevent swarming
  • Feed if the weather is poor or there is a lack of natural food
  • Add supers when needed
  • This really the last time that you will be able to split your strong hives or rear a new colony
  • Prepare for honey production soon Update records

PREPARATION CHECK:

  • Spare frames, hives, nuc boxes and supers
  • Fondant based and liquid feeders and feeds
  • Protective clothing
  • Small tools, smokers and brushes
  • Extraction equipment and jars

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