The first thing that Cookeville TN area Bee Keepers need to do in February is plan to attend our regular meeting on Thursday February 2nd – TTU South hall – chat and mingle from 6:00 with the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM.
H.L. Foust of Sunrise Apiaries in Cumberland county – purveyor of bees and beekeeping supplies will be our guest speaker at this meeting.
In the Apiary this Month –
- As always, don’t let them starve! Add sugar, candy or fondant if needed.
- Begin or continue feeding pollen substitute if this is part of your plan – once you start don’t stop until weather and natural pollen allow the bees to provide for their selves.
- Sometime during the last third of the month you might want to plan to reverse hive bodies if you have a dual brood box system – but only if all of the brood is in the top box! If brood is split between two boxes when you reverse you will “split the brood nest” and cause a lot of potentially fatal stress. Obviously you have to inspect the hives to accomplish this – so watch the weather forecast for a a suitable day. Not everyone does this manipulation, but the purpose of it is to attempt to prevent swarming.
- Plan to add honey supers around March 15 – so arrange for that woodenware soon!
See you at the meeting!