Howdy all, I have been working with a friend and his wife, getting my back yard ready for the spring roundup. We have made several racks on the fence to put my plastic frames in, to get them off the ground. Once I have time, I will melt some wax and, by using a very short napped roller, start re-waxing the foundation. Then I will get all the boxes cleaned up and put the new waxed frames in the boxes that are ready to go. When all the brood boxes are loaded with frames and foundations, then I will start working on the honey supers. I am quite sure that I will need to get some more supers from the supplier to have several on hand for the next honey season.
I will probably have some newbies come over and have a cleaning and building party. This way they can learn what to do for themselves when the time comes. This is also a great way to have a class on bees and equipment and have a question and answer period.
I have made it a rule to feed my helpers and have plenty of choices of water and refreshment drinks from which they can choose. It is important to stay hydrated during the summer months and also to drink plenty of water during the colder months as you can become dehydrated, because you don’t feel thirsty like you will in the summer months.
Now is a good time to go through your safety equipment and replace/repair the bellows on your smoker, check your veil—and if you have a pith hat or plastic hat that is broken or warped consider replacing it. Then there is your hive tool. It needs to be sharpened to be ready for the spring season. Do you need to replace your bee suit or gloves? How about your foot ware? If you live where there are poisonous snakes (hehe as if there is a place where there are no poisonous snakes), you need to think about thick hide, high top boots to wear in the beeyard. Do you have bears in your neighborhood? What are you planning to combat them with?
Don’t forget to read and read some more. Also if you have decided to start a journal, then you need to make a list of the information you want to include so you can make comparisons later in the years to come. Some of the things to consider are the time of day, weather, kind of queen, kind of colony (swarm, split, bought), treatments, feeding, how you do….? (whatever you do to/or with your bees, moving to another location and why), etc. These are just examples to some of the things you should consider. I am not telling you you have to use any of these examples. These are just suggestions to get you to thinking in the right direction of keeping a journal. I also use these for each on my colonies; this way I have a running account of each one so I can watch the trends of each one. Sometimes the same treatment does not do the same good for all the colonies.
That is all for now–I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and have a Happy and Prosperous New Year