This runs through a general timeline of what Beekeeper in Western Canada would be doing with their bees.
January - March
Building new boxes and frames for the coming season.
Get equipment ready for the coming season.
March - May
Warm day in March, open hive and begin inspections.
Treat and feed hives that need it.
Set up new boxes ready for splits
May - June
Unwrap hives once night temperatures stay above freezing.
Check strength of hives, treat and feed if needed.
Split strong hives if needing more hives.
Breed new Queens.
Ensure all medications are off honey producing hives before honey flow.
June - August
Place suppers on honey producing hives.
Check hives frequently for health and production.
Pull honey supers, extract honey, bottle honey.
September - November
Check health, treat hives if needed.
Organize bee yards for operations next spring if splinting.
Feed hives if they are light.
Wrap hives once nights are below freezing.
November - December
Clean up all tools and equipment for winter.
Store honey supper out of weather.
Order supplies and equipment for next year.