Seasonal Note No.2


FINGAL NORTH DUBLIN BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION


SEASONAL NOTE No.2                 Winter (November/December/January)


Theme: Inspect/Repair /Plan

It is assumed that the preparation for winter detailed in Seasonal Note No. 1 has been undertaken.

DO NOT DISTURB COLONIES
- Bees in winter cluster (20/25)
- Stores need to be conserved

N.B. It has been estimated that during the winter period the energy usage of the average colony is equivalent to a 15- watt bulb operating continuously.

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VISIT APIARY REGULARLY
Inspect:-
Fences.
Mouse guards.
Always after a storm.

EXAMINE AND REPAIR EQUIPMENT
- This needs to be done in good time;
don't wait until the equipment is required next season to discover that it needs repair.

PLAN FOR NEXT SEASON
- Identify equipment / supplies needs
e.g. Hive stands are an important part of good beekeeping.

- Prepare programme for next season
- Catch up on beekeeping literature / attend refresher course


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