It still gets pretty cold in the spring and while some trees and flowers are blooming, the bees range will be smaller. If this is your first season a feeder will help them get a jump start and make sure they have food and water.
Having a water source nearby is essential. In the summer, the irrigation ditch runs water regularly, but in the spring and fall we don’t have any consistent water sources. That’s when we make sure we have some shallow water sources for the bees.
Make sure all of your equipment is ready. That means your personal gear and everything the bees need to move in and get comfortable. Keep your tools clean and accessible. To start I had a hive tool (best tool ever!), smoker and ingerdients for the smoker, feeder, jacket, glove, veil, sugar water spray, and enough frames and comb to fill the initial box.
An ideal location is a low traffic area, one that allows for both sun (morning) and shade (from afternoon sun), with their entrance to the east. In this windy country we live in having a bit of a wind break helps. Make sure your neighbors are cool with them and that they are not too close to things that will be a regular disturbance to the hive.
We are lucky to live in an area with a lot of beekeepers that can help you with your new adventure. Take advantage of these great resources like Copoco’s Honey store on North College, the Northern Colorado Beekepers Association and the local farm and ranch stores that sell equipment and provide classes.
And, best of luck. Keeping bees is one of my favorite things. And your garden will be amazing with the help of these small and wonderous creatures.