July 24, 2014

Home Made Queen Marking Tube

home-made-queen-marking-tube

Though this guy seems to have more shop tools than many have at their disposal, it is a nifty idea.   Thanks to Prince William Regional Beekeepers for pointing us to this video. … [Read more...]

Marking Queens by Hand with Michael Palmer

Marking Queens by Hand with Michael Palmer

Thanks to Prince William Regional Beekeepers for pointing us to this video. … [Read more...]

April 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Spraying a Package of Bees with Sugar Water

  → Monitor food reserves. → Feed medicated (Fumagilin-B) light syrup (1:1) to hives low on stores. → Scrape bottom boards and check the brood pattern on a mild day. → Install package bees April 15th or later and feed light syrup.  Some people medicate with Fumagillin. → Apply mite treatments to wintered colonies if Varroa are detected … [Read more...]

Show Support for Beekeeper Limited Liability Law

Open Hive

There will be a PUBLIC HEARING on Thursday, April 04, 2013, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 214 on the beekeeper limited liability law that MSBA has requested. We need to support the formation of a Working Group to get this bill moving forward. If you can attend the meeting to show support it would be great – if not please send testimonials or an email of support. Address the emails to the ACF … [Read more...]

2013 Bee Informed Partnership Surveys – Deadline Extended to Midnight April 30th

Bee Informed Partnership Logo

The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) is a USDA/NIFA (U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture) funded project with the stated goal of reducing colony losses. The program is a collaboration of research institutions, Universities and beekeepers in the US.  It is now time for your active participation! To receive a personalized invitation to participate in Bee … [Read more...]

March 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Feeding Bees in Winter

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 colonies that you are planning to split. Make sure they have sufficient honey stores, they will go through stores much more rapidly as they engage in brood rearing. If you … [Read more...]

February 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Winter in Maine - photo by Overland Apiaries

Renew your MSBA membership. You don't want to miss a single issue of The Bee Line, our printed journal, do you? Order bees in package or nuc's for late April-early May arrival. Check wintering colonies for honey reserves by hefting the hive. Note that the "heft the hive" method works as long as the bees haven't chimneyed up the center leaving a bunch of (heavy) honey frames on the … [Read more...]

From a Book to Honey Bees: A Teenager’s Journey into Beekeeping

Sarah Gould installs a freshly caught swarm of bees.

by Sarah A. Gould My journey with bees is one that is different from many of the stories of my fellow beekeepers. For one thing, I began beekeeping at 15 years old. This fact alone differentiates me from many other beekeepers who perhaps have turned this hobby into a side career or retirement hobby. This is not say that there isn’t a strong population of younger beekeepers, but compared to the … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally [Volumes I, II & III] by Michael Bush

The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush

Review by Andrew Dewey  Michael Bush is a queen bee producer living in Nebraska who has for many years answered countless postings on internet forums BeeSource and BeeMaster, as well as the Organic Beekeepers mailing list. His web site (bushfarms.com) contains a cornucopia of information about bees and how to work them. And as Bush makes very clear, most of the book’s content can actually be … [Read more...]

EAS 2013 to be held in West Chester, Pennsylvania August 5-9

EAS 2013 to be held in West Chester, Pennsylvania August 5-9

Easter Apiculture Society presents the 2013 EAS Conference and Short Course, hosted by Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, at West Chester University West Chester, Pennsylvania on August 5-9, 2013. Located 25 miles west of Philadelphia International airport, EAS 2013 will feature Local, Regional and National Experts giving lectures and workshops, plus a long list of other beekeeping … [Read more...]