Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Based on some information I got at the Northern Kentucky Beekeepers Club meeting, I need to make a few notes here about my plans for the upcoming next few months.
Pulling Supers - Sometime around Labor Day, I'll be pulling my honey supers. I have been advised that for this area they should go back on April 1st. Pull non-completed supers and freeze to kill wax moths.
Closing up the hive - After 1st frost. Use mouse guard. No wrapping up hives. Make sure and tilt hive for water discharge.
Feeding - May change my current method of feeding to top drip-down mason jars for winter. Also, I may want to consider pollen paddy around the 1st warm day of winter.
Requeening - Not annually, unless a lot of drone brood is spotted.
Deep hive inspections - Not necessary this time of year.
Hive Reversal - Reverse hive bodies in spring to discourage swarming.