April 20, 2014

Spring Management

State Apiarist Tony Jadczak shares his report of Maine apiaries for 2 010.

Wintered honey bee colonies should be checked by early or mid-March for the amount and position of honey stores. Remove the outer cover and note the position of the cluster. In moderate temperatures, strong hives will often have bees present on the inner  cover, chewing and/or drinking the water from the insulation material that was placed above the inner cover the previous fall.  In cold … [Read more...]

Open Feeding Pollen Substitute for Honey Bees

Open Feeding Pollen Substitute for Honey Bees

Erin MacGregor-Forbes of Overland Apiaries describes open feeding of honeybees after the flow has shut off for the season. Especially useful in urban areas where you don't want your bees bothering the neighbors. Includes recipe for Open Feeding Pollen Substitute for Honey Bees. … [Read more...]

Annual Meeting, October 15, 2011 – save the date

Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Acting State Apiarist for Pennsylvania's Department of Agriculture

Fall 2011 Annual Meeting Saturday October 15, 2011 The 2011 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Maine Beekeepers Association will be hosted by the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers. Ramada Conference Center Lewiston/Auburn 490 Pleasant Street Lewiston, ME 04240 US Confirmed Speakers: Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp Department of Agriculture and Vermont Beekeeper Michael Palmer. Save the … [Read more...]

MSBA Fall 2010 Annual Meeting – Business Session

MSBA Fall 2010 Annual Meeting - Welcome from the President

MSBA Fall 2010 Annual Meeting - Business Session Held at Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Center of the University of Southern Maine in Portland. … [Read more...]

MSBA Fall 2010 Annual Meeting – Welcome from the President

MSBA Fall 2010 Annual Meeting - Welcome from the President

MSBA Fall 2010 Annual Meeting - Welcome from the President Held at Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Center of the University of Southern Maine in Portland. … [Read more...]

New Library Acquisitions 2010

Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley

DVDs Bee Removal by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Bees—Tales from the Hive by NOVA/WGBH Comb Honey Production by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Extracting by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Honey in the Comb by Gene Killion [2 copies] Books Beekeeping 101: Handbook & Guide for the Beginning Beekeeper by Dana Stahlman Bees Don’t Get Arthritis by Fred Malone [2nd ed.] Honey Bee Biology and … [Read more...]

Robert A. Budden

Robert (Bud) Budden

We offer our sincere condolences to the family of fellow beekeeper and former Sagadohoc County Beekeepers Association President Robert A. (Bud) Budden. http://www.timesrecord.com/articles/2011/02/24/obituaries/doc4d669e087bf51712039548.txt TOPSHAM — Robert A. Budden, 80, of the Meadow Rd. died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at a local hospital. He was born in Greenville … [Read more...]

Queen Introduction

Queen Bee

Reasons to Requeen: Failing queen – poor brood pattern (skips), drone layer, queenless colony,Poor performance/behavior- low production, susceptible to disease and mites, excessive swarming, aggressive behavior, nervous festooning behavior. Stock Improvement- hygienic and mite resistant strains, Making Increase- nucs, splits Ordering Queens: Source- Order from reputable bee … [Read more...]

March 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Pallen Patty

Check colony conditions. If honey reserves are low, feed candy or dry sugar. Colonies that consume feed should be monitored and fed as needed. Feed protein supplements (pollen substitute) for brood production to hives with sufficient honey stores in mid-March. If you are new to beekeeping, go ask questions at your local bee club meeting.   If you know a thing or two, go to the same … [Read more...]