Winter

December

Put your feet up and read a beekeeping book.

Check colonies for stores and put on fondant (not syrup) if they are short.
2.5kg bags of Apifonda fondant available @ £5.75 per bag.

Treat with API Bioxal Oxalic Acid, between now and the end of January, while hives are broodless.  Ideal temperature 0 – 5 degrees. Some recommend that the oxalic acid should be at room temperature of approx. 15 degrees.
Wait for a fairly mild day before opening up your hives and apply 5ml per seam of bees.

January

Check that the mouseguards are still in place. Keep an eye open for woodpecker damage and check that the hive is well ventilated. Check stored combs – a further treatment may be required.

February

Check spare equipment and carry out repairs / replacement before the active season starts. Check that there are still plenty of stores by checking the weight of the hive (hefting). Provide fondant (not syrup) if they are short.