Todays blog will look at the month of April, - the "Getting Ready" month coming out of winter.
APRIL - the "getting ready" month.
Flowers are starting to bloom, trees are budding, and bees are starting to do short flights bringing in pollen and nectar where it's available. The queen increases egg laying and drones will start to appear. Now is a good time to re-check for possible winter starvation and ensure there is adequate food supply in the hive. Winter wraps will come off as the temperature warms. This is a good time to feed your bees sugar syrup to stimulate colonies to increase brood rearing and build the hive population, add pollen patties and/or fondant.
On a warm and windless day, time for the first comprehensive hive inspection. Is there evidence of a viable queen, lots of eggs and brood, is the laying pattern nice. If you overwintered with two deep boxes, time to consider inverting the boxes to encourage growth in the hive and clean up after the winter.
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