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.
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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.