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Beekeeping Calendar of Management Practices: February

  • Open colonies on a warm day and check for laying queen, brood and diseases.
  • Feed one gallon of a two to one sugar syrup containing one teaspoon of Fumidil-B. Repeat in two to three weeks if needed by infected colony.
  • Feed pollen substitute if needed.
  • Unite weak or queen less colonies with another colony (bees should cover five or more frames).
  • Select the best of the two queens before uniting the two colonies. Remove one of the two queens before uniting.
  • Check the honey stores and feed any colonies that have less than 15 pounds (six frames of capped honey in shallow super or two to three frames in deep super).

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