Once again we have been blessed with a new year. As in the past, we must check our winter food stores and feed as necessary, remembering that a hive count can increase very quickly as the weather warms. Here are few quick reminders:
- Does it look too wet? If so, you probably need more ventilation
- If the cluster is all the way at the top you might need to feed candy or dry sugar.
- Don’t stress your bees by opening the hive too much or too long, but a quick peak on a nice day (temps in the 50s, bees flying) won’t hurt.
- Don’t let your bees starve, as there was very little nectar produced in our area this fall.
- When in doubt, feed your bees. Dry sugar is one of the easiest ways to provide emergency food.
Likewise, this is the perfect time to use those new wood working tools that you may have received for Christmas; however, those with skills less than desired, be sure to order your supplies now (and don’t forget about the bees), as many companies will sell out or have limited quantities on hand.
This year the Meridian Beekeeper Association is in the planning stages of a few new events. The first known event that MBA will be taking apart of is a Beekeeper’s Expo on April 6th. Then we are looking to have a Saturday in May where we can take new beekeepers out to a hive to get some hands-on experience. We are also looking forward to taking an observation hive in June to expose many children to the world of honey bees. As always, we hope that you will leave us with your ideas or suggestions for this year (you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact us page).
We look forward to seeing an increasing presence in the bee community and remember to help us with our studies and save a sample of any pest or any mass dieoff bees.