This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Coming to an overwintered hived soon, a reversal

A reversal on an over wintered colony by Terri McD

Teri McD  made this youtube video a couple years ago. But it still rings true today. It demonstrates a springtime reversal.
Reversals are important to help expand the brood nest. This promotes greater egg laying by the queen, leading to a more populous hive. We can then possibly divide the colony in early to mid May.
 While the spring of 2013 is still cold and pollen is probably a week to two weeks in the future, a reversal of overwintered colonies helps a colony expand and flourish. The colony should be at least five or six frames of bees to do a reversal and the daily temperatures should be in the 50's. Pollen patties should be placed on the top bars of every box with bees in them. This helps to make sure the bees are getting protein to the brood.