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Time Table

Here is a basic beekeeper time table to assist with managing your hive and bee colonies. The University of Arkansas Beekeeping Calendar is much more detailed.

January
Repair old equipment
Order new equipment
Assemble new equipment
Critique last years production
Plan this years schedule



February
Order bees/queens
Check colonies
Feed Pollen substitute and 1:1 sugar water
Reverse the brood boxes
Check for dead/weak colonies



March
Inspect colonies
Apply medications
Put out swarm boxes



April
Inspect colonies
Divide colonies or requeen
Prepare supers
Remove all medications
Prepare for swarming
Prepare supers for honey flow



May
Inspect colonies
Add all drawn supers for Spring honey flow
Watch for swarming





June
Inspect colonies
Watch for swarming
Spring honey flow
Put on more supers if needed






July
Inspect colonies
Put on more supers if needed

Process Spring honey
Check for robbing - Add Robber Screen







August

Inspect colonies
Check mite levels and medicate if needed
Requeen if needed
Process Fall honey
Remove queen excluders
Reduce entrances
Check for robbing - Add Robber Screen


September

Requeen if necessary
Medicate if needed
Provide upper ventilation
Inspect for honey stores (need 35 to 50 pounds of feed for each colony)
Feed 2:1 sugar water if necessary




October
Package all hive products
Feed 2:1 sugar water if necessary
Add medicated grease patties to your hives (Varroa & Tracheal) See Bee Food.


November
Buy equipment for next year



December
Buy equipment for next year
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