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April

If it’s been a cold winter, it all starts happening during April. The bees begin bringing in pollen for the season, so it’s time for a thorough hive inspection, consider the condition of the comb, egg laying, pollen collection (feed if necessary). Thoroughly treat for hive pests and diseases. As a 'Good housekeeping' rule, your bees should be on at least one third of new comb by the end of the season. This is a very effective way of reducing the risk of diseases and infestations.

TO DO:

  • Complete varroa treatment
  • Regular inspections when warm enough
  • Feed natural foraging is not possible
  • Feed if weather prevents natural foraging
  • Carry on queen rearing and hive splitting if that is your objective
  • Ensure there is space in the brood area for egg laying to prevent swarming
  • Add supers when needed
  • Update records

PREPARATION CHECK:

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

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