Seasonal Note No.3




FINGAL NORTH DUBLIN BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

SEASONAL NOTE No.3                 Spring (February / March / April)

Theme: Observe/Inspect/Monitor

CONTINUE HIVE OBSERVATION (At hive entrance)
- Deformed wings," varroa ?
- Crawlers," acarine ?
- Soiling," nosema ?

MONITOR
Food supplies.
Weigh / heft hives
Feed fondant
Natural mite drop.
Calculate daily rate (from total drop over a week)

HIVE ADJUSTMENTS
Reduce entrance block in early spring
- Remove mouse guard
- Remove insert in OMF late spring (if used)

INITIAL HIVE OPENING (Mid spring- weather permitting)
- Manipulation - minimum duration
- Enter detail in hive records (Sample record sheet in pdf format)

INTRODUCE NEW QUEENS
- From over-wintered nucs

FIND / CLIP & MARK QUEENS


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COMMENCE REGULAR INSPECTIONS
- Check colony for space / stores
Check spread and build-up of eggs and brood
Check for disease

REPLACE OLD COMB
- 2 or 3 empty frame outside brood nest

ADD SUPERS AS REQUIRED


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