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Beekeeping Calendar

Queen Health & Laying

February

Check to see if the queen is laying, gage the volume of brood and brood pattern

March

Check the volume of brood and brood pattern (signs of queen productivity)

 April

Look for quantity of eggs and brood pattern (signs of queen productivity)

Good queens will peak egg laying in April and May.

Avoid honey bound condition

 May

Watch brood pattern (signs of queen productivity)

Good queens will peak egg laying in April and May.

Avoid honey bound condition, give her plenty of room to lay

 June

Egg laying still high, but when pollen slows, egg production will slow

Good month for new queens

Avoid honey bound condition

 July

Good month for new queens. Most local queen breeders will not make more after June.

Egg laying will decrease significantly. Good opportunity to confine queen to single brood box. Easier to assess queen production.

 August

Late fall re-queening if she is under performing (requires mated queen)

Last chance for queens from most breeders.

Natural for queens to slow production.

 September

Queen failure this month or later may require combining colonies.

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