Spring is such an incredible time – flowers begin to emerge from their dormant hideaways, baby animals are in abundance, and for beekeepers, it’s the season when things get busy!
Even though snow may be on the ground in some regions, experienced beekeepers know that now is a great time to start preparing for your spring beekeeping season.
So what’s the hurry? Here are some of our top tips for spring preparation:
Bees don’t hang around when they are ready to expand their colony so it’s important that you have your brood box set up and painted/oiled well before it becomes home to a bee colony.
Nucs or bee packages need to be ordered from a reputable supplier well in advance – waiting lists can quickly become long so it’s important to be ready when your supplier is.
If you’re a newbee, you’ll want to get as familiar as possible with your hive, learn as much as you can, work out the best location and even start your pollinator garden (your bees will thank you for it).
Bees can build out quickly in spring, so you need to be ready in time to catch the honey flow.
As the weather warms you may be lucky enough to start your colony with a local hive split, or even by catching a spring swarm. It’s not unusual for keen beekeepers to travel with a beekeeping suit and spare brood box in the trunk of their car during swarm season just in case!
New to Beekeeping?
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If you are new to beekeeping, learning everything about looking after your bees is a fascinating and truly rewarding journey. We have a swarm of resources available to support you, from beginner beekeeping videos to FAQs or support from our friendly team – we’re here to help!
To help ensure you have everything you need to get started, we are offering sweet deals on our Flow Hives –featuring patented Flow Frame technology – bundled together with essential safety gear in these special offers.
For great tips on what to expect, check out our new to beekeeping blog.
Already have a hive? Bee colonies reproduce in spring
If you already have a colony it may soon be expanding. It’s a great idea to start planning how you will accommodate your new apiary edition before your new colony arrives (we’ve already been hearing about swarms in warmer areas).
Ready for a second hive? Then prepare early for a hive split or spring swarm.
It’s not just doubling the honey (though this is a nice bonus). Every hive has its own temperament – by expanding your apiary you can compare colony strength, productivity, health and support ailing hives with queen cell transfers or brood if needed. If you want a second colony this season, now’s the perfect time to order your new hive.
Wondering how to catch a swarm or split your hive? Watch these great videos below.
Want to share your growing colony with family or friends?
There's no better way to support a friend or relative in experiencing the joy of beekeeping, than our Refer-a-Friend program.
By signing up and referring a friend, you will be able to offer them US$50 off their first hive purchase and you will receive a US$50 gift voucher!
It’s a win-win – you can share your love of bees whilst also earning a sweet reward!
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