35. Beekeeping Calendar – Beehive Management Schedule For 12 months

Beekeeping Calendar: Bee hive management schedule is not same for all the seasons of the year. It may differ from month to month based on the nature, environment and availability of flowers near to the bee colonies. So beekeepers should know very well about the preparation necessary in each month. A list of necessary items is mentioned below for each month from January to December. Beekeepers should follow this while they want to maintain their beehives efficiently.


Beekeeping Calendar – Beehive Management Schedule For 12 months
January Needs:
(01) Beekeeping suit, (02) Smoker / hive tools, (03) Hive feeders, (04) Entrance reducers, (05) Books, (06) Package bees and queens.

Works:

o1. Reduce the hive entrance and check for blockage buildup from dead bees, debris, snow.

Beekeeping Calendar – Beehive Management Schedule For 12 months.
Reduce the hive entrance
02. Ensure the roof is secured from Windy winter and spring weather.

03. Provide Emergency feeding if necessary.

04. Record your observations for each & every hive instead of relying on memory.

05. Take the time off to read good book on bees and attend local bee club meetings.

06. Consign your packaged bees order for this year, if you haven’t yet done so.

February Needs:
(01) Beekeeping suit, (02) Smoker / hive tools, (03) Medication.

Works:

01. Medicate at least 60 days prior to adding supers.

02. As the cluster grows, shift frames with eggs to the center and move frames of sealed brood to the outer position.

03. Add brood chambers with drawn comb to the strongest hives.

04. Reverse double brood chambers to shift the empty frames to the top and center. This will inspire growth of the hive.

March Needs
(01) Beekeeping suit, (02) Smoker/Hive tools, (03) Hive feeders, (04) Supplements & feed.

Works

01. While there is lack of sufficient nectar and pollen sources in your area, you need to consider pollen supplements and sugar syrup.

02. Continue the frame rotation started in February and begin to exchange the frames according to brood age.

April Needs:
(01) Beekeeping Suit, (02) Smoker / hive tools, (03) Swarm traps, (04) Supers.

Works:

Beekeeping Calendar – Beehive Management Schedule For 12 months.
Mann Lake Queen Catcher
01. When the weather is warming up, pull out the entrance reducers.

02. To prevent swarming add supers, expand the frames with brood, cut queen cells, frontier barriers to bee movement upward into the supers.

03. Consider placing Mite traps in the Apiary to catch any mites.

04. Replace the queen bee while find old age, temperament, or bad brood pattern.

You can buy online a famous branded Queen Catcher: Mann Lake Stainless Steal – Queen Catcher.

May Needs
(01) Bee suit, (02) Smoker, (03) Hive, (04) Tools, (05) Queen Excluder, (06) Supers / Frames / Foundation, (07) Hive Beetle Traps.

Works

01. Add a queen Excluder, and place honey supers.

02. Give the bees sufficient space to bring in the pollen and nectar. Toward the end of the nectar flow you’ll need to host the bees to finish out partially-filled supers.

03. Check for hive status and install traps if necessary.

Find here to buy a famous branded Queen Excluder: Bee Queen Excluder by Little Giant Farm & Ag QEPL. This excluder is used between brood and super to prevent the queen enter into super.

June Needs
(01) Bee suit, (02) Bee escapes, (03) smoker / hive tools, (04) Supers / Frames / Foundation.

Works

01. Begin to take out frames of capped honey and replace with empty frames/foundation.

02. Be sure to place bee escapes before removing entire supers.

July Needs
(01) Extracting equipment, (02) Containers, (03) Labels.

Works

Beekeeping Calendar – Beehive Management Schedule For 12 months.
Bees festooning
01. The nectar flow will continue this month.

02. You may even find your bees festooning (bees hanging on to one another, leg to leg, like a bridge) between the frames.

Although it’s very common, there is no known reason why. But we can guess that they are making unity to face some possible hard time in near future.

03. Add more supers as needed.

August Needs
(01) Apistan, (02) CheckMite wax moth treatment.

Works

01. The hive begins to slow down as the nectar flow decreases.

September Needs
(01) Apistan, (02) CheckMite wax moth treatment.

Works

Beekeeping Calendar – Beehive Management Schedule For 12 months.
Apistan strips or CheckMite
01. Beehive population drops and the drones begin to die off.

02. Harvest the remaining of your honey crop. Don’t forget to leave the hive with at least 60 pounds nectar for use over the winter.

03. At the end of the month, start feeding and medicate.

04. Install Apistan strips or CheckMite to prevent mites (for 42 days)

You can buy here Varroa mite traps: Varroa mites quick stripe – two strips as a full dose.

October Needs
(01) Store your equipment.

Works

01. Observe the bees are preparing for winter.

02. Include any necessary insulation or windbreaks

03. Remove the Apistan or CheckMite strips you installed before.

November Needs
(01) Beeswax, (02) Books.

Works

01. The bees are clustering together on colder days to stay warm.

02. Begin think of all the terrific honey-related gifts you could prepare for Christmas gifts: Bottle your honey in decorative containers, make candles with your beeswax

December Needs:
(01) Books, (02) Gifts.

Works

01. Begin your search for package bees to sell. So that they sell out quickly!

02. Enjoy the holidays!

Resources of information

National Honey Board
American Honey Producers Association
American Bee Journal
The Pollination Home Page
Experience of my own beekeeping project

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