Beekeeping Year



March to April





Inside the HiveAs spring arrives, the days start to lengthen and the colony activity increases. The bees must now start raising new workers to replace the old winter bees. The queen will start laying many eggs. As the worker larvae hatch, at first, they require royal jelly produced by the “nurse” bees. This is then followed by copious amounts of bee bread (pollen). This expanding “brood “must be kept warm regardless of the cold spring nights outside. The bees consume honey stores to produce body heat and to fuel foraging expeditions to collect pollen (protein) and nectar (energy) to feed their young.



This is a perilous time of year as the colony with insufficient food stores can starve to death. The early spring flowers are very important to give the colony a boost and feed the increasing brood before being able to reap the harvest of summer.




On the Honey Farm The start of a new beekeeping season is met with great excitement but also great trepidation. We must make our first spring inspections. On a mild (15C) day the hives will be carefully examined. Each hive will be lifted up to indicate how heavy the remaining food stores are. Hives that are light will be fed fondant or sugar syrup to avoid starvation. The queen is located and marked on her thorax with quick drying paint so she will be easier to find in the summer when the colony is much stronger. The queen and her brood are also inspected for health and vigor.





 

Mar - Apr Gallery

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Spring inspection of our hives

 

Spring Inspection

 

Comb of healthy brood

 

A comb of healthy brood

 

 A marked queen bee

 

Marked Queen Bee

 

Our bees on a comb of pollen

 

Bees on a comb of pollen