The March BeeLines newsletter is available from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Office of State Veterinarian.
Attached is the March 2020 Beelines. The earliest swarm reported to me as State Apiarist was March 4, 2017, so I use that as a benchmark for the earliest time that hives swarm in KY. The scout bees were preparing at least two weeks prior to that date. Kentucky has had a relatively warm winter, with temps in the 60s on some days in Feb., including this weekend. My point: it would be a good time to check your hives for swarm cells in addition to other hive maintenance chores. Other “first dates” for swarms include March 28, 2019 and April 04, 2018. So there is a range.
If you choose to remove a swarm, I remind folks never climb more than 3 steps on a stepladder to remove them. Accidents happen and can easily cost more than the value of a swarm. Insurance is another question to consider too, especially if you are removing swarms from other people’s properties. Make sure you know who will pay the ambulance fee before you start removing a swarm from a precarious position.
For members of KY State Beekeepers Association, drafts of the revised Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are posted to the KSBA website for review. The KSBA board meeting on March 27 will be held at the Comfort Suites Inn in Elizabethtown. Local associations are requested to send a representative. This meeting is in advance of the General KSBA Members meeting/Hardin County Beekeepers Association School on March 28 at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, 600 College Street Road, Elizabethtown. Details of these meetings and others are in the newsletter.