December Beekeeping Tips

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

December has started! With the holiday season underway it can be easy to forget your bees. Thankfully there is not a lot of work for beekeepers during this time of the year. If you treated your hives properly they should be healthy, have plenty of stores, and clustered in their hive with sizeable population. So far, The weather has been rather mild in Texas. This is good for the bees as they are able to forage some. However, they will consume more of their stores as they will be more active. Don't let your bees starve!

Please remember that beekeeping is very regional. However, beekeeping management is similar during the different seasons of the year regardless of location. This month's tips are for the beekeepers who are experiencing temperatures up to 70º Fahrenheit during the day and 25º-50º during the night. For Texas this is December, for other states this could be September. An overview of a seasonal beekeeper's year can be found here.

Now For Some Tips!!

1. Try to check your hives at least once a month for food stores. If they are low on food feed them with a thick 2:1 ratio sugar syrup by weight. Feeding pollen will also help them begin to build up for spring.