Seasons in Beekeeping

Beekeeping is definitely different in every season, whether in summer, in autumn, in spring, or in the winter season. Bees’ behaviour is always affected by these seasonal aspects. Either the bees must work at all times in a given season, or the other way around when the beekeeper must start the process in order to help the bees to follow. During summer, bees’ behaviour must be focused at all times, because bees are swarming in this season, and the honey can be spilling over the hive. The bee’s production of honey reaches its peak during summer so the beekeeper must subdue swarming and regularly inspect that there are always spare combs to handle honey production, and enough room for the bees to make honey during the summer.

Bees produce less honey in autumn than in summer. In the aftermath of such production, any extracted honey by the beekeeper must be substituted with sugar. Protecting the hive from the approaching colder months of winter must be planned. In doing so, the beekeepers must use mouse guard, or a blanket to protect the hive, the bees, their eggs and larvae, as well as the honey. Throughout the months of winter, beekeepers can leave their hives so long as they are free from the cold season.

The honey season starts in spring; this is the time to remove those mouse guards and blankets that have protected the hive from the cold season of winter. Bees emerge from hives to start searching for plants that produce pollen and nectar to start producing honey.