Quiz 7b Early Spring Management
This is an 8 question multiple choice quiz, select the correct answers!
What do active bees in March mean to the beekeeper?
- Hungry bees that may need additional supplies to get them through.
- That the colony is in good health and ready for Spring.
- There is an abundance of available forage nearby.
- The colony is ready to produce drones for the swarming season.
What should you consider before using syrup in a contact feeder during March?
- How much feed in total will be needed to sustain the colony.
- The outside temperature and whether the bees can convert the syrup.
- Whether to add any treatments to the syrup.
- If the syrup is thin enough to be of use to the colony.
What effect does the presence of fresh pollen and nectar have on the queen?
- The queen will start to feed more and put on weight.
- It encourages her to produce drones for swarming.
- It triggers the queen to increase egg laying duties.
- The queen will move tdown into the lower parts of the hive.
What are the risks to the honeybee colony in March?
- Increased colony activity and changeable weather affecting forage.
- Getting chilled by the sudden March winds.
- Attacks and robbing by wasps, bumblebees and other species.
- Drones may leave the hive to find their own forage.
What is the procedure used to 'Heft' a hive in March?
- Lift the entire hive with both hands at night when the bees are all in.
- Look inside for stores and guess how much is there.
- Lift either side with a spring balance to assess the whole weight.
- Lift the hive at the front with a spring balance.
When should a beekeeper not carry out internal inspections of the colony?
- When the colony is tetchy and not in good humour.
- When there is a good flow of pollen going into the hive.
- When the bees are not flying or out foraging.
- From January to March, it is too cold to carry out internal inspections.
Are early internal colony inspections really neccessay?
- Yes to assess the state of the colonies health and condition.
- No, bee activity at the hive entrance and a quick look under the crown board will reveal all.
- Yes, it is important to know whats in the brood chamber.
- No, it does not matter what is going on at this time.
Are there other things to check besides the colony in March?
- No, it is enough to know if the bees are active at this time.
- Yes, check on the latest offers at your beekeeping suppliers.
- Yes, check all your equipment and supplies for the coming season.
- No, there ius plenty of time to carry out other tasks and checks.