- External Checks Unless Exceptionally Warm Spell -
You may be able to do your first inspection this month but wait until it is warm enough to do so (shirtsleeves weather c. 14 degrees). Instead you can spend time watching the bees at the hive entrance.
The bees may be running out of stores this month, particularly if the weather has been mild and brood rearing has started early. Hefting the hive at regular intervals will give the idea of the weight of the stores left. Fondant may be fed if required.
- Remove your Mouseguards -
Once the frosts are over there is a reduced chance of mice trying to get into the hive so you can remove your mouse guard as it may knock the pollen from the bees as they return from foraging.
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Top Tip - Start using the Discussion Forum in your virtual hive record page to discuss colony management with your mentor and the apiary management team.