Spring Management of Hives
I know this has been a hard winter but signs of spring are everywhere now. The maples are blooming (pollen for the bees) and I am sure the willows and others are too. Package bees have already arrived, so it is time to begin to prepare your hives for new bees. Take advantage of any nice weather we get and try to get out to your hives. If they are dead, try to salvage any honey frames and save them to feed new hives. Clean off the bottom boards and any mold in the hives. Set up for new packages, so you can install quickly because you may have to install in cold weather or rain and you need to have everything ready to receive the bees when they come. If you have overwintered hives that actually survived do a major happy dance!! DO NOT open them up completely untli daffodils are in full bloom in open areas near where you keep your hives. This is very important! If you need to open the top cover to feed, or if you have a spare box of honey from a dead hive to add to the top, do that on a nice day, but only open the top, no more, and do it as quickly as possible. All new hives will need feeding, either sugar water or honey from dead-out hives until there is adequate natural forage available i.e. dandelions.
Welcome to the Kalamazoo Bee Club
The Kalamazoo Bee Club is a relatively new Bee Club, but with some deep beekeeping roots in the area. We are here for the purpose of educating people who want to keep bees, to support those who already keep bees, and also to provide services to the public such as sources of local honey and beekeepers willing to collect swarms. As a new club, we are growing and hoping to discover better and better ways to meet the needs of those who are involved both in the club and in the community. Currently we have people attending our programs from all over Southwest Michigan, as well as some who travel much further. We hope to learn from feedback from those who attend meetings or use our services how we can even better serve the communities in which we live and keep bees. Please take time to explore all the resources available here on our website. We are constantly trying to make information more relevant and accessible, so please feel free to give us comments and suggestions through our "contact us" page.