1) Clean, paint, repair your equipment, assemble new equipment, make some of those time saver gadgets, and replace any bad equipment.
2) Ventilate the hives with a 1/8th inch crack at the front of the inner cover to prevent condensation and mold.
3) Excellent month for selling honey.
4) Continue to assess stores, feed candy board as necessary. Continue to lift the back of your hives to check for weight. Now is why you learned this method of assessing stores.
5) Assemble new equipment for next year – boxes, frames, stands, etc.
6) Order packages, nucleus hives, or queens for delivery mid to late March or as early as possible for your area.
7) Review and evaluate how well your bee colonies performed this year and if necessary make decisions on how to improve your operation particularly in regards to disease management and pest control such as Varroa mites, small hive beetles and wax moths.
8) Plan for changes you’re going to impliment next season.
9) Call, visit, or write farmers or landowners where you’d like to place hives for out yards next spring.
10) Attend local and state beekeeper meetings.
11) Scout trees for placement and prepare swarms traps. Construct swarm capture bucket.
12) Build a nucleus hive now to keep in your car or truck for community swarm captures next spring. Register with on-line swarm call lists.
13) Order or ask Santa for a copy of that beekeeping book you’ve been wanting to read. Read some every day.