Keep feeding approx 500ml (1pint) of Ambrosia every week to 10 days if required.
Remove winter covers and mouse guards. Fit alighting boards.
Check for debris on boards inserted below the mesh floors for signs of hive activity.
If bees are returning with pollen, then (normally) the Queen is laying.
Begin hive inspections when temperatures rise above 14oC.
Find and mark queens.
Remove and replace brood frames containing old, black, dirty comb.
Complete spring anti-mite treatment before putting on supers.
Ensure you have enough clean supers ready.
Monitor for dead bees.
Hive inspection: look for eggs, larvae, capped cells, good brood pattern, signs of
disease, varroa, and queen cells.
The colony will start to expand rapidly - add supers if required to create more space.
Prepare bait hives. Position bait hives in apiary at least 3 feet off the ground.
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Continue to feed small colonies with stimulative feed until brood increases and good
weather is forecast.
Continue regular weekly inspections for signs of brood congestion (lack of space
for queen to lay) which could induce swarming. Use the Demaree method, or Artificial
swarm method, to create space in the bottom brood box.