Hi all, Happy New Year and I hope your hives and holidays are going well. The pohutukawa is finally flowering all around us and your bees will be pulling in the nectar. Make sure you have enough space for them to put it all.
And, even though swarm season is supposedly behind us, it is still possible... keep an eye on your brood chambers also and if necessary, split a hive to take the pressure off. Remember that if the hive creates swarm cells, it wants to swarm and removing the swarm cells will not remove the swarm urge. Pre-empt the swarm by giving them more space or simulating a swarm by splitting the hive.
Keep an eye out for varroa also, now is the time of year that the varroa starts to ramp up in numbers.