Everyone wonders what they can be doing for their bees at this time of the year. It’s colder than normal and for many we’re looking at rain and snow. Depending on your experience there are many options of things you can be doing for your bees.
- If you don’t have bees yet or even if you do make sure to pick up our videos and learn more about becoming a better beekeeper. This will be helpful when it warms up and gets you learning new information before you actually need it. You can find our Basic Beekeeping video here and our Beyond the Basics video here.
- Build equipment. Now is the time to find out what you might need or might be missing. Order replacement parts and build up anything you’ll need for the new beekeeping year.
- Read! Beekeeping is not for those who like to “know” everything. No matter how long you’ve been beekeeping there will always be new things to learn and new ideas to try. There isn’t one right answer for beekeeping problems that will apply to everyone or every area so learning new options gives you some ideas of what you might want to try this coming year.
- Feed? Depending on your conditions, the strength of your hive and your own desire to peek into the hive in the winter you may decide to feed at this time of the year. You’ll not want to put on sugar water so fondant will be important. You can learn about fondant feeding in our videos. Just remember, if you do get into the hive do it quickly and disturb your bees as little as possible.
- Go to meetings. This is a great time to connect with your fellow beekeepers. If you’re not regularly going to meetings this is a great time to start as your fellow beekeepers aren’t as busy as they’ll be in the upcoming months.
While this may be the slow time of the year, there’s still plenty you can do at any time to become a better beekeeper.
What are you doing right now?