September 22, 2014

Nuc Transportation & Installation

Cumberland Couunty Beekeepers club hives and nuc

Prior to nuc pickup, the empty hive (i.e. bottom board, hive body, five or six frames of foundation and/or comb, entrance reducer, inner cover, outer cover, empty hive body, sugar syrup, feeder) should be assembled and prepared for installation. The hive should be located at the apiary site in accordance with the MSBA’s “Best Management Practices for Beekeeping” found at mainebeekeepers.org. In … [Read more...]

How to Mark a Queen Bee

how to mark a queen bee

Erin MacGregor-Forbes of Overland Apiaries Demonstrates Marking a Queen Bee at a Nuc Making Workshop of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association. It is common practice to mark the queen with a small spot of paint on her back (thorax). A color code exists within the beekeeping industry to indicate the year the queen was introduced. International Queen Marking Color … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Medication for Honeybees

Api Life Var

The Maine State Beekeepers Association does not endorse the use of these products. We provide this information as a courtesy. It is good to know that these medications are all approved to use in the State of Maine.  We specifically don’t list Apistan and Checkmite.  Although these two have been approved for use in Maine, Varroa Mites have shown a resistance to these products in this … [Read more...]

Honey Recipes (for people)

Honey Orange Thirst Quencher

Honey Orange Thirst Quencher Makes eight 8 once servings. 1/2 cup honey 1/2 teaspoon lite salt 2 cups orange juice 5 and 1/2 cups lukewarm water Combine ingredients. Using lukewarm water will aid in dissolving honey. Then cool.   Frosty Honey Latte By Sonia J Woodrum, Secretary Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Assn. 1/4 C of Boiling water 1/4 C of Honey 3/4 C of cold … [Read more...]

Sugar Candy and Syrup Recipes (for feeding bees)

Feeding with Sugar Candy or Dry Sugar

Feeding with Sugar Candy or Dry Sugar Hard Candy Hard candy is a very good way to feed bees without overly stimulating brood production, but it takes some preparation. Here are two recipes: Microwave Candy Recipe (feeds 1 or 2 colonies) 1. In a one quart ( or larger) microwave dish, mix thoroughly one and a half cups  granulated sugar and one-half cup light corn syrup ( 3:1 ratio). … [Read more...]