With the blackberry in bloom and the honey supers on, try not to bother the hives to much.  Just make sure the hives are queen right and they are not going to swarm.  If you see eggs, you have a queen.  Check for swarm cells.  Swarming should taper off as the month advances.

For those hives that have swarmed, check to see if the virgin queen got mated by looking for eggs and larva.  If they weren’t successful in producing a good queen, you could place a nuc in the hive or put the swarm back into the parent hive using the shook swarm technique.  You could also order a queen.  Just do that before you end up with laying workers.

It’s still a good time of the year to increase the size of your apiary by making splits of nucs.  Nucs always seem to come in handy.  They can fix all kinds of hive problems.  They are a very good beekeeping management tool.

You can requeen a hive anytime up until August or September.  Queens are available from all the queen producers now.  With a good honey flow they will be more accepting of a new queen.  Without a honey flow it’s best to feed some sugar syrup to help them be more accepting of a new queen.

FLORA:

Bedding plants, California Lilac, Common Vetch, Crimson Clover, Cultivated Blackberries, Cultivated Radish Seed, Hairy Vetch, Lavender, Meadowfoam, Scotch Broom, Single Dahlia, Single Roses, White Clover, and Wild Blackberries

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