TBA Events held each month include local beekeeping association meetings throughout Texas, our TBA Summer Clinic (June) and Annual Convention (November). Simply view the calendar to find association meetings, click on the meeting title for all details about organizer, location, and time. You may find our Local Association Meetings map locator helpful to identify TBA event locations near you.
There are multiple reasons bees swarm. First and foremost, lack of space for the Queen to lay. As we become better Beekeepers, one of our first benefits are strong colonies coming out of Winter. In Texas our "Honey Bee Spring" starts in February.
Doing a quick hive inspection on warm days beginning the first of February is essential for circumventing swarms. You will notice that the stores that encompassed the previous Fall brood chamber are now being back filled with brood. This is your sign! Consider 1 of 2 options...Either add an additional brood box on top (with at least 4 center frames of drawn comb) or prep to make a split.
February is the number 1 month bees starve! Feed your bees if needed.