As the weather warms and early blooming flowers appear, the hive comes to life. There will be a greater density of brood throughout the combs in the brood chamber. The upward curve of growth begins this month but beware of sudden cold weather that can cause the queen to stop laying or cause food shortages. It is possible for the bees to consume up to 3 pounds of food per day as the brood increases; be prepared to supplement feed if needed.
Finish those preparations for new colonies - make sure that you have the right number of packages on order; now is also the time to re-evaluate your honey supers and make sure they are in good condition for the new year.
On a warm day when the bees are actively flying, open the hive to check the status of the colony. Look for the following:
Don't hesitate to supplement with syrup or pollen if you are worried - you don't want to lose that hive if they made it through the winter!