Beekeeping Calendar

The Bees In March

The Bees

With the days becoming longer, the queen steadily increases her rate of egg laying. More brood means more food will be consumed. The drones begin to appear. The bees will continue to consume honey stores. They will also bring in a fair amount of pollen in during this month.

The Beekeeper

On a nice sunny day at the beginning of the month, when there is no wind and the bees are flying, have a quick look inside your hive. Any temperature above 65 degrees should be fine for a short period of time. If the temperatures are cooperating there should not be any problem removing the frames for a quick inspection. Inspect for disease and see that the queen is laying once the nectar flow has started. Colony populations are high in preparation of the coming poplar flow, but food stores can run dangerously low until the flow starts. It may be necessary to continue feeding the hive. If the weather is starting to look good, remove the entrance reducer. If it’s still bad weather, leave it in place until April. In mid to late March you may consider reversing the hive deeps. This will allow for a better distribution of the brood, and stimulate the growth of the colony.

Sugar Maples and Dandelions will start blooming this month.

Sources:
Back Yard Beekeepers Association in Southwestern Connecticut.
NCSBA Calendar of Beekeeping by John T. Ambrose and Caroline L. Ambrose
Members of the Guilford County Beekeepers Association
N. C. Cooperative Extension Service: Honey Plants of North Carolina
N. C. State Beekeepers Association: North Carolina Honey Plants