October Beekeeping Activity

October Beekeeping Activity Recommended Beekeeping Activity for October Place entrance reducers in the entrance. Check each colony for a laying queen. Treat with Terramycin every seven days until three treatments are completed to prevent diseases or use an extender...

September Beekeeping Activity

September Beekeeping Activity Recommended Beekeeping Activity Requeen colonies that you did not requeen in August or that rejected the introduced queen in August. Consolidate frames in supers that may have some empty space for storage of fall nectar flow. Fill supers...

August Beekeeping Activity

August Beekeeping Activity Recommend beekeeping activity includes Check brood nest for diseases. Check for swarm cells in mountain areas. Remove surplus honey leaving some space in supers for late summer and fall flow. Colonies will need 40-60 pounds of honey for...

July Beekeeping Activity

July Beekeeping Activity July is time to harvest Honey in TN – it is ready by now if it ever will be, and you need to get it off of hives so that you can treat for Varroa mites.  The market for local honey is quite good in our area with prices as high as $18 per quart...

June Beekeeping Activity

June Beekeeping Activity By the middle of June the honey flow has usually tapered off quite a lot, and the danger of swarming should be about over if you have done your part so far.  There will still be a few flowers around but the large populations of bees will be...

May Beekeeping Activity

May Beekeeping Activity May is normally when our main honey flow happens – If you and your hives aren’t ready to take advantage of it by May 1 you are going to miss it.  Everything blooms in May.   Hive populations will be at or near maximum. You should be doing...

April Beekeeping Activity

April Beekeeping Activity Beekeeping begins in earnest by April – you should be doing regular inspections to monitor hive conditions.  We are frost free many years by the 15th most years by May 1. Early blooms such as fruit trees make ample forage available when the...

March Beekeeping Activity

March Beekeeping Activity Maple blooms in earnest – with sufficient fair weather honey may be stored, but usually maple nectar is mostly consumed by increasing amounts of brood. Populations increase a lot in March.  By the time Dandelions bloom later in the month is...

February Beekeeping Activity

February Beekeeping Activity Maple pollen and nectar may be available toward the end of the month, but usually bad weather limits foraging opportunities.  The Bees will be clustered during cold weather, but it is common for there to be several days  when the weather...

January Beekeeping Activity

January Beekeeping Activity The Bees will be clustered during cold weather, but it is common for there to be several days  when the weather is warm enough for the bees to fly and cleanse – although little if any forage is available most years. A small amt of brood...