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Spring

 

Spring is the time we start thinking about Growing Degree Days (GDD) and what natural sources of nutrition are available for our bees. 

Check out this calendar from The Ohio State University and see what is available or what will soon be available in your area.  The Ohio State University Phenology Calendar

Maple Bloom By J. Favaron

 

 

Maple trees bloom early and Dandelion is one of the first flowers to bloom, but there are a variety of other sources of food for our bees. 

 

 

Spring is the time to install packages.  You may decide to split a larger hive and add a

Installing a new package of bees.

new queen or start a new hive allowing the bees to make their new queen.

 

 

 

Queen in a Queen Cage

Spring also brings swarming time.  Swarming is a natural process.  It is the colony’s way of reproducing;

Swarm

making more colonies.