Once you've tried it, you'll be stuck on it!

As beekeepers, the tasks that we complete are dependent on the time of the year.  Bee work occurs from April to November or December.

 

In April - May:  we conduct an initial inspection of bee hives.

In May:  we unwrap hives (remove the winter insulation layers), repopulate hive losses from winter fatalities, and we evaluate parasitic mite levels and diseases and apply treatments.

In May / June:  we prepare hives for summer honey production.

In May - September:  we place honey boxes (supers) on hives, and we evaluate queen performance in each hive.

In mid July - late September:  we pull (remove) honey supers and extract honey.

In September - October:  we feed the honeybees in preparation for winter.

In September - November:  we apply preventative treatments for parasitic mites and diseases in the hives.

In November:  we prepare the bees for winter and wrap the hives with layers of insulation.

 

Late summer, we remove full supers and bring them back to the honey house to extract.

Checking hives in the fall, prepping to wrap them for winter.

Late summer and fall, the extracting line is sticky and busy spinning out honey.

This is what we hope hives look like in the fall:  overflowing with bees!

In the winter, we are busy filling honey orders.

© Coneybeare Honey 2013