November 23, 2014

July 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Hive Inspection 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...]

Call for Stories

Call for Stories

There’s always a story when working with bees. Here’s an invitation to write your story and submit it for a story night. The stories will be read by a panel of judges and the best will be chosen for a telling of your own tale. We’ll gather in late November or early December to share our experiences whether poignant, informative, or just plain funny. So think about your beekeeping as an opportunity … [Read more...]

Is Your Honey Bucket Food-safe?

Is Your Honey Bucket Food-safe?

by Randal Carr, Greenville It is a common practice to obtain a honey gate and install it in a 5-gallon plastic bucket for honey storage and bottling. The money savings alone can make the extra effort worth your time. However, not all buckets you find in hardware stores are food-safe. Two of the most important considerations that affect safety are whether the bucket contains recycled … [Read more...]

June 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

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- 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. - Register for the Over-Wintering Nuc Workshop: June 21, 2013: presented by the Cumberland County Beekeepers. - Register for … [Read more...]

Advanced Intermediate Bee School

Advanced Intermediate Bee School Instructor, Cindy Bee

by Peggy McLaughlin New this winter to the growing list of Bee School offerings in Maine was the Advanced Intermediate Bee School taught by Master Beekeepers Erin MacGregor-Forbes and Cindy Bee. The course, which ran on Tuesday nights, met at the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland. It is one of many Bee Schools taught around the state this year, but the first of its kind at the … [Read more...]

Ag Day at the Legislature 2013

Charlie Merrill mans the informative MSBA display at Ag Day at the Legislature on March 27, 2013

Board members Charlie Merrill and Roy Cronkhite attended Ag Day at the Legislature on March 27th. The display emphasized the value of honey bees to Maine Agriculture. The legislators were able to take letter openers branded with the MSBA logo, honey candy and honey straws. … [Read more...]

May 2013 – 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...]

Home Made Queen Marking Tube

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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...]