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What to do? February
What to do? February
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Your queen should still be tucked away in the cluster of bees. There are still no drones in the hive at this time. cleansing flights will be seen more often as you may start to[...]
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Beginning Beekeeper Class 9:00 am
Beginning Beekeeper Class
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
https://nocobees.org/beekeeper-classes/
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Beginning Beekeeper Class 9:00 am
Beginning Beekeeper Class
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
https://nocobees.org/beekeeper-classes/
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Club Meeting – February @ Sweetheart Winery 6:00 pm
Club Meeting – February @ Sweetheart Winery @ sweet heart winery
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
MEETING LOCATION –  Sweetheart Winery    5500 W US-34, Loveland, Co 80537 Topic:  NCBA Scholarship Program and Awardees will be presenting   Ronda Koski –  will speak about the Scholarship program itself   Starr Blanchard[...]
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What to do? March
Mar 1 all-day

March is the month when your bees could die of starvation if you did not leave them with enough honey stores in the fall or feed them well in autumn. The days are growing longer and the queen knows this. She will increase her egg-laying rate. This means they will definitely need food as the colony increases in size. If their honey stores are depleted, now would be a good time to start feeding if they have depleted their own honey stores to get them going for the spring. Drones should also start to appear in the brood.

As the beekeeper, you should not be getting in the hive unless the days are above 45-50 degrees, and there is no wind or breeze. It’s best not to remove frames if you do get into the hive unless you are inspecting on a day much warmer than 50 degrees.
You should only need to peek at the top to see how their honey stores look. If it appears that they have used all their honey stores, you may want to do some emergency feeding of sugar water to get their energy up and to keep feeding until you notice they are bringing in their own food supplies.
Now would also be a good opportunity to do a varroa mite treatment or at least do one soon if this is something you treat for in your hive in your location.  
With the bee population increasing, now would be a good time to remove the entrance reducer and mouse guards so help alleviate traffic jams at the door.
Now would also be a good time to reverse your brood boxes. put the lower empty one above the upper fuller one. This will help reduce the chance of your hive swarming you. Another would be to add an empty honey super to give the hive more room.
If you left a honey super on in the fall, just leave it on for them to get an early start refilling.  Now if you haven’t ordered your hardware, you’re going to be hitting the suppliers at their busiest time. You really need to have ordered in January.

 

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Are bees bringing pollen? Be prepared to split!
Mar 7 all-day

Pollen is used to create royal jelly to feed the queen. she is gearing up for some great egg production and laying.   large amounts of pollen can also create more drone production.  Your hive is ramping up! be prepared to split or it will swarm. 

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Club Meeting – March – Splits and Swarms
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Ranch  
 
Topic:  Splits and Swarms
 
Presenter/Speakers:
 
Ralph Kettle – Swarm program and swarms
 
Brittany Anderson – Splits
 
 

Meeting will be held at The Ranch Complex, McKee 4H Building

The Ranch is now monitoring parking – you need to check your vehicle in for parking. Parking will be free if there are no events at Blue Arena,  Please download the PARKWHIZ app or use one of the kiosks at the lot.  You will need to do this anytime you enter the facility, even when parking is free.

https://www.treventscomplex.com/blue-arena/parking-information

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What to do? April
Apr 1 all-day

The days are warm and long. But there is that chance of a cold snap happening. You will notice the bees bringing in more nectar and pollen. The queen should be laying at full capacity and you’ll see your hive population growing.

As the beekeeper,  keep feeding your weaker hives. Stronger hives you shouldn’t be feeding. No supers should be on your weak hives. Inspect your hives, and look at the brood boxes. Can you find your queen? do you see eggs? how is the laying pattern? is it solid or scattered?  if it is not solid, you may want to replace your queen. If you are finding your weak hives continue to struggle, you may want to consider combining the weak hive with another.  Stronger hives are better at keeping away pests and diseases.  Swarm season is here!  swarming is the method bees use to grow their populations. It is not that you did a bad job with the hive, this is completely natural. So keep some extra hardware on hand so that if and when your hive swarms, you can capture it and provide a space for the swarm. To help prevent swarming, add one or two honey supers to your hive to give the hive more room and feel less cramped.

 

Bee Informed Partnership’s Annual colony Loss/Management Survey
Apr 1 @ 9:52 pm – Apr 30 @ 10:52 pm
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Bearding and Swarming
Apr 7 all-day

keep an eye on bearding and during inspections look for swarm cells!

 

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Club Meeting – April – The Ranch
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

At The Ranch – speaker is presenting by zoom

SPEAKER – Earl Hoffman via zoom

He wrote an article in Bee Culture Magazine has quite a bio and lives in Tennessee – has 20 hives

Meeting will be held at The Ranch Complex, McKee 4H Building

The Ranch is now monitoring parking – you need to check your vehicle in for parking. Parking will be free if there are no events at Blue Arena,  Please download the PARKWHIZ app or use one of the kiosks at the lot.  You will need to do this anytime you enter the facility, even when parking is free.

https://www.treventscomplex.com/blue-arena/parking-information

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What to do? May
May 1 all-day

Your hives should be at their full operation. You should see lots of nectar and pollen being brought to the hive. You should not be feeding your hive at this time. Brood chambers should be full of eggs and larvae. Make sure your brood boxes are not looking congested as this will encourage swarming.  Your bees should be busy filling honey supers. You can create a small entrance at your supers by drilling a 1″ hole in a super or by adding a small entrance spacer.

 

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World Bee Day
May 20 @ 9:53 pm – 10:53 pm