Monthly Beekeeping Tasks: August
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Beekeeping Calendar of Management Practices : August - All tasks for the month
- Check brood nest for diseases.
- Check for swarm cells in mountain areas.
- Remove surplus honey leaving some space in supers for late summer and fall flow.
- Colonies will need 40-60 pounds of honey for overwintering.
- Extract supers of honey removed from colonies.
- Return extracted supers to colony for cleaning just before dark to prevent robbing by colonies.
- Remove cleaned supers from colony and store under paradichlorobenzene fumigation to prevent wax moth damage.
- Requeen all colonies every year that you double crop. All colonies that you do not move with honey flows should be requeened every two years.
- Before placing new caged queen in the colony, remove the old queen and all queen cells. Check the brood chamber and make sure you have two or more frames of sealed brood in the colony. Place the caged queen over the frames of brood.
- Recheck the requeened colonies in 10 days for a laying queen. If eggs are present, do not disturb the colony.
- Order your queens marked for easy location and identification.
Wonder How to?
Requeening a Colony - Remember, there are a variety of opinions about how often to requeen, the best time of the year to do so, etc. There are some handy tips in how to make requeening successful and easy below.
- Requeen a honey bee colony every year for better performance and production. The serviceable life of 99 percent of the queens is exhausted by the end of her second year in the colony. Requeening every other year is the least desirable practice. When the aged queen fails during the stress of the spring buildup, the colony organization becomes disrupted and the colony is nonproductive.
- Order queens from a reputable breeder with a good line of bee stock. Place your orders well in advance so the breeder may raise the number of queens you need and mail them to you on the date you request delivery.
- August is a good month to requeen a colony. When queens are introduced in August and not accepted by a colony, there is time to reorder and introduce the second queen to the colony.
- When you are inspecting colonies in July or August, locate the queen and confine her to the lower brood chamber with a queen excluder over this chamber. When your queens arrive, you will have reduced the time required to find the queen in the colony.
- When the caged queens arrive, remove the paper over the screen and place two or three drops of clean water on the screen away from the candy. Place the queen cages in a cool dark room until you are ready to introduce the queens into the colonies.
- When you are ready to introduce the queens into the colonies, prepare the cages for introduction into the colonies. Remove the paper wrapping and stamps from the cages.
- Remove the cork from the end of the cage to expose the candy which seals the queen in the cage. Place the queen cage in the shade near the hive into which the new caged queen will be introduced.
- Open the hive and locate the queen. She is usually on a frame with young brood and eggs.
- Remove the queen from the hive. Introduce the new caged queen into the hive by placing the cage screened side down on top of frames of brood.
- Feed the colony a one to one sugar syrup to which two to three drops of vanilla extract has been added.
- Check the queen cage in three days for release of the queen. Make a hole through the candy if she has not been released with a nail or toothpick. Do not look for the queen if she has been released for 10 days