A Year at Bees of the Woods Apiary: April

| 4/29/2016 10:13:00 AM

Tags: beekeeping, honeybees, queen bee, spring, beehives, Jennifer Ford, New York,

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I always think of April 1st as being the first day of the new beekeeping season. This is the date when we make the call on how many hives made it through winter.

This year we only lost one hive, which gave us a 94% success rate – our best year ever!  I give us some credit for this – we closely monitored mite populations and made sure our bees had plenty of honey and supplemental feed for winter.

April Snow Storm

However, it was also a very mild winter, so Mother Nature deserves some of the credit as well. Many beekeepers I have talked to in this area are reporting very successful overwintering.

Mother Nature still had some tricks up her sleeve, however. On April 4th, we had more snow than we’ve had all season – about 6 inches overnight. It also got very cold – teens and twenties at night! I was a little concerned about the hives, as I had removed the insulation and tar paper during a warm spell.  I checked them a few days later, and they seem to have gotten through the cold step just fine.

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