The Essentials of Beekeeping Schedules
For the new beekeeper, once a week isn’t too often to visit the bees. Use these frequent opportunities to find out more about the bees and their life cycles. Your first season is a time of discovery. You’ll begin recognizing what’s normal and what’s not. You’ll also become increasingly comfortable with manipulating the frames and working with the bees. Beekeeping is as much an art as it is a science. Practice makes perfect.
You may not know the exact day that your honey bees will arrive, but many suppliers at least let you know the approximate day they plan to ship your package bee colony. [more…]
A new beekeeper must wait one full week before opening his brand-new beehive. The colony needs this first uninterrupted week for accepting its new queen. Any premature disturbance to the hive can result [more…]
During the beekeeping inspections that you conduct two and three weeks after hiving your bee colony, you’re trying to determine how well the queen is performing. Following standard procedure, smoke, open [more…]
Things really are buzzing now when a month has passed since you hived your bees. Or at least they should be. Perform your hive inspection as always, looking for evidence of the queen [more…]
The seasonal calendar of beekeeping events in Maine obviously looks different than one in southern California. But different climates mean different schedules and activities for the hive and beekeeper. [more…]
Spring is one of the busiest times of year for bees (and beekeepers). It’s the season when new colonies are started, and established colonies come back to life. [more…]