Remember to keep the apiary tidy throughout the year, replace with foundation at least four brood combs a year in every brood box, do not stress your bees unnecessarily by too many internal inspections.
Use a mesh floor to check for varroa. A sample of thirty bees can be taken for microscopic examination for Nosema and dissection for Acarine.
Do keep records of what stage the hives are in.
As the cycle of the honey bee colony is continuous, the start of the beekeeping year is always a matter for discussion. Some claim that the year starts when the bees are being prepared for the Winter, as this will form the basis for their start the following Spring. Others believe that the year commences with the first flights of foragers in the Spring.