- Why Do We Keep Bees? [+]
- Types of Beekeepers
- What Do Beekeepers Do?
- Checking the Hives (Basic Tools)
- Harvesting Honey [+]
- Protecting the Hive [+]
- Record Keeping and Maintenance
- Gathering Information
Throughout the nectar flow season (when plants produce most nectar and bees are making more honey), beekeepers need to add honey supers to the hives. Honey supers are used to collect the surplus honey that the bees don't need for winter survival and the beekeeper can sell.
If there aren't enough supers for the colony, the hive will become too crowded, and the bees will be more likely to swarm, decreasing productivity in the hive and the profits of the beekeeper.