It has been Fall in the bee world for 3 weeks here in Calgary, even with the wet season and the late honey harvest because of it. How do you know when you have reached fall in your beehive?
- Colonies start to wind down their brood growth and start preparing for the coming winter
- You will see that the bee populations begin to dwindle
- Pollen loads become stronger
- The entrance becomes more protective and bees can become more aggressive
- Drone populations begin to be culled
Assessing Your Beehive in the Fall: Things to look for
- Drone Culling
- Entrance Protection
- Brood Nest Size
- Hygienic Behaviour
Indicators of Honey Bee Hive Health in the Fall
- Varroa Mites
- Chalk Brood
- Foul Brood
Overwintering Your Beehive
- How wrapped is wrapped?
- Most common causes of winter kill?
- Ideas and strategies to decrease moisture buildup
- Bill Stagg Method
- Sam Comfort Method
- Insulated Super
- TBH Winterization
To Feed or Not to Feed, That is the Question!
- What is feeding?
- Considerations to take before feeding
- When is it good idea to feed?
- What are the risks of feeding?
What Role Does Pollen Play?
- Pollen and Winter-bees
Is Your Hive Winter Ready?
- Statistics and ratios to keep in mind
Also, have a look at the Alberta 2018-19 IPM Guide for disease inspection, chemical application recommendations and product listings