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Early Spring Management


You want a hive strong going into winter and strong coming out.

Winter is my most anxious time. Will the bees make it through? They did pretty well this year. This is what you want your hives to look like coming out of winter. But early spring is fraught with danger. It is the danger of the hive starving out. As part of our management we weigh the hives in the fall. It may surprise you to know the bees don't burn a lot of resources through the late fall and into December and January. Hive weight stays relatively stable.

February signals the time for the queen to start laying. And we all know kids are expensive. The hive starts to gobble up precious honey and pollen in the hive in February and March. It has to do with bee math which is a post for later. There are a few resources for the bees to get. Maples are the earliest source of pollen in late February. But it is often rainy or cold. This limits the time they have to forage.

If they need food a sugar block can be added to a candy board. Another option is to feed them 1:1 sugar water. It is also a good time to treat for varroa mites. An apivar strip in the midst of the cluster or oxalic acid vaporization are two good options.

Time to go feed and treat.