The Bees: This is the month when colonies can die of starvation, so be ready to feed 1:1 sugar syrup. The queen steadily increases her rate of egg laying. The bees will continue to consume honey stores at an ever increasing rate.
The Beekeeper: Early in the month, on a nice mild day (above 45°) when there is no wind and bees are flying, you can have a quick peek inside your hive. It’s best not to remove the frames. If you do not see any sealed honey in the top frames, you may need to begin emergency feeding. Once you start feeding, you should not stop until they are bringing in their own food supplies. On a warm and still day do your first comprehensive inspection and check for evidence of a laying queen.
Time Spent: 2 hours this month.