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. The main flow in Alberta consists mostly of canola, clover, sweet clover and alfalfa. Depending on where you are located, you may have a mix of these...
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. .
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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.
Early August is a good time to check condition of your nucs, and also to see if frames in your super are close to ready for honey extraction. Our blog and video take you through the steps.
Bees draw out honeycomb to ensure adequate honey supplies and population survival. You can use this knowledge to your advantage as a beekeeper interested in a honey crop.