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September 2015

  • Register for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Hampden • Harvest fall honey crop and remove supers around September 10-20. • Extract ripe honey. • Partially filled supers should be fed back to the bees above the inner cover. • Reduce entrances, apply brood medications and apply mite treatments after the … [Read more...]

Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting – Saturday, November 14, 2015

This year, Maine State Beekeepers Association will hold their annual meeting at Hampden Academy, in Hampden, Maine on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Hosted once again by Penobscot County Beekeepers Association, the meeting will feature keynote speaker Mike Palmer, owner of French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, Vermont and former Vermont Beekeepers Association president. Palmer will discuss his … [Read more...]

August 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

  • Register (and start packing) for EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) Conference – August 10-14, 2015 at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada – Highly recommended for any Beekeeper who want to raise their levels of skill and knowledge. •  Harvest honey the 1st week of August if not done in July. •   Super hives during goldenrod bloom if needed. •   If summer honey was not … [Read more...]

July 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

• 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 be left with a super full of … [Read more...]

June 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

- 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 August 10 - August 14, 2015 University of Guelph, … [Read more...]

It’s honeybee swarm season — which means it’s time to protect bees from humans (Washington Post)

Why you shouldn’t freak out about swarming honeybees — and how to save bees from those who do Washington Post Article » Excerpt: "Swarming is a particular behavior that honeybees exhibit in the late spring or early summer as a way of propagating the species, says Andrew Coté, a New York-based beekeeper and founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association. When a colony gets big … [Read more...]

May 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

• 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 loss, increase apiary … [Read more...]

April 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

  •  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 (mid-late April) in the drone … [Read more...]

March 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

• Have you renewed you Maine State Beekeepers Membership for the year? • 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 … [Read more...]

February 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

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...]