Blandford and Sturminster Beekeepers Association
Blandford and Sturminster Beekeepers Association

Apiary Jobs - Month by Month

January


Oxalic acid treatment (if wanted)
Check for stores and feed if necessary
Check for damage to hives

Reposition hives
Remove dead bees etc from entrance


February

 

Check stores and feed if necessary
Check condition of hives and equipment


March

 

Quick check for presence of bees
Check for stores and feed if necessary
monitor varroa
Remove mouse guards (if used)
Mark and clip queens
Clean hive floor in good weather


April

 

Start regular checks of brood box
Full check for bee diseases
Add supers
Carry out comb change, sook swarm or Bailey
Clean hive floor


May

 

Regular checks
Swarm control
Artificial swarms for increase
Drone brood culling
Add supers
Consider harvesting honey


June

 

Regular checks
Swarm control
Drone brood culling
Monitor for varroa
Add supers


July

 

Check for queen cells
Unite weak colonies


August

 

Harvest honey
Full check for brood diseases
Monitor varroa
Consider anti-varroa treatment


September

 

Start feeding


October

 

Feed
Put on mouse guards
Protect against woodpeckers
Increase air flow


November

 

Heft to check stores
Prepare frames for next seaso

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