Spring is a beekeeper's call to action in the apiary

Spring is the most exciting time of year for beekeepers. From unwrapping your overwintered hive, to performing your first brood inspection of the season.. Yes, it’s time to get busy in the apiary – thankfully this work is the most rewarding.

Spring is a beekeeper's call to action in the apiary

Spring is the most exciting time of year for beekeepers. From unwrapping your overwintered hive, to performing your first brood inspection of the season.. Yes, it’s time to get busy in the apiary – thankfully this work is the most rewarding.

Inspecting your hive after a cold winter is one of the most exciting activities for a beekeeper (after your first honey harvest of course!).
Your first brood inspection will help you to understand whether your pre-winter preparations paid off. Don’t worry, it’s normal to discover that everything’s not perfect! This is one of the advantages of owning two hives for side by side comparisons – you’ll learn more from each colony’s unique temperament plus you’ll be able to offer support from a stronger colony if one is ailing. Furthermore, we’re here to help! We have a swarm of resources not to mention our great customer support.

When inspecting be on the lookout for good population numbers, a queen, healthy brood patterns and honey stores, and most importantly, look closely for pests and diseases and treat accordingly.
Rest assured, that most colonies that make it into spring will flourish once the nectar begins to flow with an extra bit of care and support.

Two hives are better than one

Apart from being able to harvest and share more honey, owning two hives ramps up your learning and understanding of the fascinating nature of bees. Each colony is its own unique microcosm and community, with two you can compare colony strength, productivity, health and support ailing hives with queen cell transfers or brood if needed. If you’re short on space, setting up a friend with a hive is an excellent opportunity to inspect and learn without the additional ownership.

Expand your apiary with a Flow Hive 2

If you want a second colony this season, now’s the perfect time to order your new hive. The Flow Hive 2 has many updated features, making for the perfect apiary companion.

Spring preparation for colony expansion

Spring preparation for colony expansion

Spring preparation for colony expansion

If you’re an experienced beekeeper, it’s time to set up brood frames and have your brood boxes built. It’s a lot of fun building a home that will house 40,000+ bees! With warmer weather and longer hours of daylight your queen will amp up her egg-laying which means your colony will expand.

Will you split your hive?

If you have a large, healthy hive it is possible to create a new colony from it by making what is called a split. The basic concept of making a split is that you take a portion of an established colony and transfer it to a separate hive thereby creating two colonies. They'll each have sufficient worker bee populations, stores and their own queen.

Monitoring your splits

It’s a good idea to monitor your splits closely in the days following their creation. Make sure each has enough adult bees to care for the brood you have given them and take action if they do not.

Brood Frame preparation

“Beekeepers have many opinions on which is the best method. I am a total convert to foundationless frames. It’s a really tedious task waxing and wiring frames. It’s so much easier to let the bees build their own. It leaves the bees making their natural cells sized perfectly for their brood and it’s beautiful to watch them hang their natural comb in their brood nest.

Having said that, in some short season regions it is important to encourage the bees to get to the nectar flow as quickly as possible. It may be better to provide wax foundation as the bees will complete their brood comb more quickly” - Cedar Anderson

The thrill of a swarm catch

Catching a swarm of bees is one of the most joyous parts of beekeeping and it is an easy and free way to bolster your apiary! At this stage, they seldom have comb and are just a cluster of bees. Without the complication of comb, a beekeeper can easily scoop, shake or lower the swarm into their equipment and bring them back to their apiary.

Need extra help?

There’s lots to learn when you start out beekeeping!

Spring time is crucial - and with so much conflicting advice available online, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

So, in conjunction with the world's experts, we’ve created TheBeekeeper.org

It lets you fast-track your learning easily and enjoyably. Learn in your own time with high-quality videos explaining what you need to know in order to feel confident looking after your bees.

 

Spring Beekeeping Special Offers

Our Apiary Bundle is specially designed to grow your apiary – featuring two of our popular Flow Hive Classics bundled together with a beekeeping suit kit, smoker and Flow veil.

Share with a friend

Set up your friends hive or split your colony with a friend! It’s a great way to speed up your beekeeping knowledge. Our Refer-A-Friend program allows your friend to receive $50 off their first hive, and you receive $50 for their purchase. If you don’t have a beekeeping buddy, consider linking up with someone local on the Flow Community Forum