July 30, 2014

Free Webinar on Allergic Reactions to Insect Stings July 24, 2014

Removing bee stings - speed matters, method doesn't

Allergy & Asthma Network AnnouncesFree Webinar on Allergic Reactions to Insect Stings Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm Eastern timeVIENNA, Va., July 10, 2014 -- Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education organization, invites you to join its“2014 Venom Allergy 101” webinar on July 24, 2014, at 7 pm Eastern time. This webinar is perfect for the summer as stinging insects … [Read more...]

July 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

A Junior Beekeeper in Maine

→ Add supers as needed. → Remove entrance reducers. → Harvest honey at the end of July or when the honey flow slows. → Place an empty super on hives that have honey in the 2nd brood chamber or above a queen excluder (inner cover) on hives that have mostly brood in both brood chambers. → Colonies with excessive brood and large adult bee populations should … [Read more...]

Video for People who have Questions about Plants and Neonicotinoids

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Eastern Apiculture Society Annual Conference 2014

Eastern Apiculture Society Annual Conference 2014

July 28-August 1, 2014 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, Kentucky More information:  easternapiculture.org … [Read more...]

Backwoods Bee Farm Hosting Overwintering Nuc Workshop June 28, 2014

Chris Rogers

Backwoods Bee Farm will be hosting the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association overwintering nuc workshop at their home apiary this year. The purpose of this class is to teach beekeepers sustainable beekeeping practices through the use and management of nucleus colonies. Participants can take home a nuc kit and a northern raised Russian queen from Warm colors apiaries in Mass. The nuc … [Read more...]

June 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Sarah Gould installs a freshly caught swarm of bees.

- Remove mite treatments and antibiotics (see labels). - Add supers to hives as needed. - Manage for swarm prevention via equalizing hives, making splits/ nucs or Demaree method. - This is the time of year to register your bee hives with our state apiarist by June 15th. - Register for EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) Conference July 28 - August 1, 2014 Eastern Kentucky University, … [Read more...]

Queen Grafting Workshop June 14th

Queen Grafting - image from coloss.org

Bee Pride in Lebanon will have a queen grafting workshop on June 14th with Khara from Sorority House Queens and later a presentation of her experience with the Farmer to Farmer program with bees in Nicaragua. For more info on these two events please email directly: peggy@beepride.com or visit their website: beepride.com … [Read more...]

May 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

3 Pound "Package" of Honeybees - Getting Ready to Install

→ Inspect the brood pattern at the beginning of dandelion bloom. → Check the queen's performance, symptoms of brood disease and Varroa. → Reverse brood chambers if bees are in the upper box only. → Apply mite treatments and requeen failing queens if necessary. → Divide and requeen colonies at fruit bloom via multiple frame splits or colony divides to recoup winter … [Read more...]

Honey Bee Package Installation

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A video of a package of honey bees being installed in southern Maine by Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes and beekeeper Geoff MacLean in April 2010 Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Demonstrates installing a package of honeybees … [Read more...]

Wouldn’t Your Life Be Better with a Bee Buddy?

Louise Sullivan and Elinor Redmond

Part I by Louise Sullivan; Part II by Elinor Redmond Part I: Louise Confessions of a Slap-Dash Beekeeper I’ve had bees in my backyard since 2007. Motivated by the desire to be a friend to bees, I took Beginning Beekeeping from Rick Cooper, built a hive and installed a package of unsuspecting Italians from Georgia. It was a blissful first summer. The hive flourished and survived the winter in … [Read more...]