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Barnstable County Beekeeper's Annual Calendar

January

  • Keep entrances clear of ice and snow

  • Heft hives for stores

  • Feed candy or granulated sugar if needed

  • Repair and assemble equipment

February

  • Order package bees for April or May delivery

  • Redistribute remaining stores if needed

  • Clean hive entrance and surroundings

March

  • Feed dry sugar or candy if stores are low

  • Feed 1:1 Sugar Syrup

  • May feed pollen substitute to increase brood production

April

  • Prepare hives for new bees

  • Install package bees

  • At dandelion bloom, reverse brood supers and flip inner cover

May​

  • Check brood pattern for diseases and swarm cells

  • Divide strong colonies -- watch for swarms

June

  • Super as needed for nectar flow

  • Continue to watch for warming

July

  • Remove and extract capped honey supers

  • Inspect for Queenright, diseases, and mites

August

  • Place extracted supers on hives for “licking”

  • Requeen, if planned or necessary, during nectar flow

September

  • Remove honey supers 

  • Install mouse guards and use entrance reducers to keep out mice

  • Flip inner covers to “winter mode”

October​

  • Feed 2:1 Sugar Syrup 

November - December

  • Make needed equipment repairs

  • Leave the bees alone

Please note: treatments of pests and diseases has been omitted from this calendar at this time.

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Did You Know?
Honeybees have been around for about 100 million years.