Monthly Tasks

January

  • Check hive entrances clear/predator damage
  • Oxalic/lactic acid treatment for Varroa
  • Heft to check stores

February

  • Check stores/emergency feeding
  • Check hive entrances clear/predator damage
  • Oxalic/lactic acid treatment for Varroa
  • Prepare new frames of foundation

March

  • Check stores/emergency feeding
  • Hive Records -Get the new sheets/book all ready
  • Replacing brood boxes/floors/queen excluders and a general cleaning up
  • Varroa monitoring and treatment with apiguard or similar
  • If it’s warm and not too windy first inspection (+13C)
  • Queen clipping and marking only if warm enough

April

  • Regular hive inspections. Check for:-
    • queen
    • space
    • stores
    • swarming
    • disease
  • Easing old frames to edges for replacement
  • Varroa monitoring and treatment before first supers in place
  • Super in plenty of time early in the season

May

  • Supering – add another when bees are on 75% of frames
  • Remove and extract rape honey as soon as ripe
  • Weekly inspections – Look closely for queen cells
  • Have equipment for artificial swarming ready
  • Monitoring Varroa

June

  • Beware of food shortage after taking honey
  • Monitor and treat for Varroa (non-chemical with supers on)
  • Full disease inspection
  • Weekly inspections – Look closely for queen cells

July

  • Still supering and extracting
  • Reduce entrances vs wasps and robbers

August

  • Finish honey removal
  • Full disease inspection
  • Varroa treatment – apiguard or similar
  • Clean supers for storage
  • Unite small colonies

September

  • Estimate stores and feed syrup for winter
  • Remove varroa treatments

October

  • Ensure ventilation
  • Check enough feed
  • Fit mouse guards and woodpecker nets
  • Sort and clean spare equipment for storage
  • Monitor varroa drop

November

  • Check entrances are clear
  • Sterilise and mend stored equipment

December

  • Check hive entrances clear/predator damage
  • Oxalic/lactic acid treatment for Varroa
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