It’s November, the leaves are almost completely gone, and it’s getting cold… what should I be doing as a beekeeper this month?
The following list was published by Dr. John A. Skinner (Professor & Apiculture Specialist @ UT) in the Beekeeping in Tennessee publication from UT (PB 1745), and is available at the following URL: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/documents/PB1745.pdf
Seasonal Management: November
• Cut tall grass to reduce moisture against hives and reduce wood rot.
• Check all tops to be sure they are waterproof.
• Place a weight on the outer cover to prevent the wind from blowing the top off the hive.
• Feed all colonies that do not have at least 40 pounds of honey stored. (A deep-brood frame holds 6 to 7 pounds of honey; a medium frame holds 4 1?2 pounds; a shallow super frame holds 3 1?2 pounds.)
• Feed 2:1 syrup or prepare a candy board for feeding colonies without enough stored honey for overwinter. Colonies may not take syrup after the first hard frost and tend to not be able to convert syrup to stored honey. Alternatively to a candy board, sugar ‘goop’ may be used. To make sugar goop, a spacer can be placed above the top box. Lay a single layer of newspaper down. Trowl out a mixture of granulated sugar and water. The mixture is made with a very small amount of water so that the sugar granules stick together and do not run.