Beekeeping Calendar

January Continue Winter Activities: 
– Continue feeding 2:1 sugar syrup if you have less than 30lbs of stored honey. 1 gallon of 2:1 sugar syrup can increase colony stores up to 7 pounds
– If there is no natural pollen for your bees, add small amounts of pollen substitute. Only what can be consumed in a few days to minimize Small Hive Beetle problems
– Order Honey Bees and Queens for the new season if you haven’t done so already
– Check and repair or order bee equipment as needed.
February Begin Transition from Winter to Spring Activities: 
– Continue feeding of 2:1 sugar syrup if you have less than 20lbs of stored honey add pollen substitute if needed.
– Varroa Destructor mite sampling and treatment if needed
– Reversing Brood Boxes
– Add additional brood boxes – if boxes are 75% or more full of bees Note: 1 frame of capped brood emerges into 3 frames of bees!
– Begin swarm indicators monitoring
MarchSpring Activities:
– Switch feeding to 1:1 sugar syrup
– Continue following previous month activities
– Open the entrance reducers on strong hives
– Reverse boxes if you didn’t reverse them in February
– Add hive body and manipulate frames as needed
– Continue swarm indicators monitoring
– Begin prep work for splits and requeening activities
AprilPopulation Buildup Month Activities:
– Varroa Destructor mite sampling and treatment if needed
– Create splits and requeen as new queens arrive
– Continue 1:1 feeding for building comb in newly split colonies
– Open entrance reducers
– Add supers in some areas (Use queen excluders if desired) – Remove any Queen cells (use for splits)
– Monitor swarm preparations in full colonies
– Receive and install package bees or Nucs
MayHoney Storage Month Activities:
– Order frames in hive to maximize honey production
– Buildup new hives with stimulative feeding
– Add additional supers if needed
– Monitor swarming triggers
JuneHoney Flow Activities:
– Honey/Nectar flow Honey harvest begins
– Practice good techniques to prevent robbing
– Feed new and weak colonies 1:1
– Avoid entering colonies during nectar flow
JulyHoney Harvesting Activities:
– Practice good techniques to prevent robbing
– Collect only fully capped honey frames for extracting
– Extract honey away from bees
– Get honey into bottles or buckets to limit open exposure
– Return extracted frames to bees for clean-up
– Add additional box to new colonies if needed
– Feed new colonies 1:1
– Varroa Destructor mite sampling and treatment if needed
AugustSummer Dearth Activities:
– Nectar dearth, monitor resources – Robbing potential
– Continue to Feed new and weak hives
– Remove, clean, freeze and store supers
SeptemberFall – Winter Prep Activities:
– Final honey extraction if possible
– Leave 30-40 pounds “per deep box” of honey per hive
– Focus on building colony strength for overwintering
– Splits can be made in early September
– Fall Re-Queening can occur
OctoberContinue Winter Prep Activities:
– All incoming stores remain in hive for Winter
– Feed 2:1 sugar syrup if low on honey stores
– Varroa Destructor mite sampling and treatment if needed
– Insert panels into screen bottom boards
– Reduce entrances Combine weak hives with strong hives
NovemberContinue Winter Prep Activities:
– Confirm decreased hive entrances
– Feed hives
– Feed pollen supplements if needed
DecemberWinter Activities:
– Maintain food level
– Preform periodic entrance checks when warm days
– End of the year Oxalic Acid varroa mite treatment
– Do not insulate hive boxes