Happy Beekeeping!!! I hope your hives are all doing well. Your bees should have started raising some brood and gathering some pollen. As usual, Texas is experiencing its crazy weather. These cold and warm weather spells can be hard on your hives and result in starvation. Now is the time of year to build and repair equipment, also now is a good time to order queens and Nucs. Many suppliers sell out very early. Here is a Promo code that will give you a 15% off your entire purchase for the next 3 weeks!!! BeeHappy2020 Thanks for reading!!!
Please remember that beekeeping is entirely 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 February, for other states or countries this could be October. Spring, summer, and winter also vary in lengths depending on the location. An overview of a seasonal beekeeper's year can be found here. https://www.timbercreekapiaries.com/post/grow-your-blog-community
Now for some Tips!!!
1. Feed pollen to help hives build up for early splitting.
2. Keep an eye on your Varro and manage your hive accordingly
3. Remove entrance reducers near the end of the month if the weather warms and bee activity indicates congestion at the hive entrance.
4. Don't let your bees starve. If your hive has less than 20 pounds of honey, feed sugar syrup. Bees can starve easily during this month because of the drastic weather fluctuations. During the warm spells they will consume large amounts of stores to produce food. If they do not have enough stores when the cold spells come, they can starve.
5. Pre-order queens and Nucs as they usually sell out early.
6. As the weather warms up, empty frames of comb that were formally full of food can be rotated in between the frames of brood. This forces the queen to lay in the comb, expanding the brood nest. Be careful! Do not rotate too many frames into the brood circle as it could cause the brood to chill. In cold weather bees cannot even move one frame over to retrieve the life saving honey.