Honey entries were a mix from a variety of summer nectar sources. Each honey had its own special shade ranging from very clear to creamy white to darker hues of yellow. Similarly, the tastes varied from rich and creamy to light, smooth and sweet. Event goers also got a special treat with a special tasting of dandelion and blackberry honey.
We have to be prepared for anything as beekeepers, and this summer proved to be an unusual and hard summer for beekeeping in Alberta. In Edmonton, we experienced a late start to the main flow, but when it came -it was fast.
It's time for supers and honey! The main flow is on in Alberta, and your colony can have anywhere from 50,000 to 80,000 honeybees! They bring in a lot of pollen and nectar during the main flow and they need room to store the honey That's why you need to add supers on your hive. During the main honey flow, your hive will gain 5 to 25 lbs per day.
Colonies can go from 7,500 bees in March to 80,000 in July! If you are aiming to have surplus honey this summer, you need to ensure your queen lays well in June. You will also need to add boxes or plan to add a super by mid-June. Learn more about why June can be tricky with weather conditions and early summer dearth.
Not sure why most beekeepers need to do a hive split at the end of May? Here we go over some options for spring management and how it will prepare you for the main flow.
Bringing a nuc home and not sure how to install it properly? Watch our video or follow these easy steps on installing a nuc.
Latest Hiveworld.ca videos show how and why to give package bees the extra care they usually need, explain the importance of splitting your hive to avoid swarms and increase honey production, and discuss monitoring for varroa mites. .
I bought my package bees from a retailer that doesn't offer follow-up education and support. Now they';re dying and I need to know what to do!
Check hive now for brood and queen condition, to manage any issues and swarm signals that may become evident.
Video helps beekeepers understand what's going on in the hive right now. and what can be done right now to promote a successful honey crop later in the year.
The weather is warming. If you have an upper entrance, you should have observed some activity by now. The queen will have begun to lay and now is the time to begin feeding pollen patties and a thin sugar syrup.
Hiveworld.ca’s hands-on Meet the Beekeeper evenings offer an informal and lively mix of question-and-answer, teaching and demonstrations.