March is a busy month for the beekeeper. January and February are spent feeding and prepping bees and materials for optimum production during the honey flow. March is when the plan gets put into action! Beekeepers spend most of the month focusing on good hive management. Splitting hives, acquiring or raising new queens, keeping bees from swarming and catching the lucky swarm that finds its way into the apiary are just some of the tasks beekeepers will be engaged in during this all-important month.
During this very hectic time, it is important to be sure your bees have enough food. Pollen is just starting to arrive, as evidenced by the sneezing found in public and the slightly yellow tinge to, well, everything. Pollen patties are a good source of food for your bees. They help stimulate growth and production during the early pollen season. Supplies can be picked up at your local beekeeping shop or online. It's also a good idea to be feeding your bees a syrup substitute. Syrup helps stimulate the hive into production, stimulate the queen into laying to increase numbers, and prepares the hive to do what it does best. Be cautious of the calendar and stop the pollen patties and feeding at the appropriate time. You wouldn't want your supplements to be added to the beautiful honey your bees are about to bring in for your and your family.
If you need guidance on best practices or have questions about when, how and what to feed your bees, let us know! We are here to help you manage one of God's most fascinating creatures.
Matt is a fourth generation beekeeper and has been in the bees for most of his life.