December 16, 2017

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

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

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 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 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...]

Getting Started with Beekeeping

Join your local Bee Club Go to "Bee School" (be sure to as at your local bee club who the best instructors for your style of beekeeping will be) Find a mentor Order bees Order equipment Have fun     … [Read more...]

Stan Brown’s Soft Molasses Cookies

Preparation time: 20 minutes 1 c unsalted butter 1/2 c sugar, plus additional for dusting 1/2 c honey 1/2 c molasses 2 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 11/4 tsp cinnamon 1 1/4 tsp ground cloves 3/4 tsp ground ginger 2 large eggs 3 1/2 c unbleached white flour In large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses while mixing at slow speed. Add … [Read more...]

Pumpkin/Squash Pie

contributed by Karen Thurlow-Kimball   2 c steamed or canned squash or pumpkin 1 c milk 4 eggs ½ c honey ¼ c molasses ½ c powdered cow or soy milk ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp ginger ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla Makes two 9-inch pies. Prepare and pre-bake two 9-inch crusts at 425°F for 10 minutes. Combine all filling ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into the … [Read more...]

Honey Bee Etiquette

by Tony Jadczak, Maine Department of Agriculture 1. Situate hives away from lot (property) lines and occupied buildings. 2. Locate hives away from roads and areas frequented by pedestrian and animal traffic. 3. In populated areas, uses fences and hedges as screens to conceal hives and to elevate the bees’ flight path.  Vegetation and fences also serve as windbreaks. 4. Do not situate … [Read more...]

Erin MacGregor-Forbes of Overland Apiaries on Bill Green’s Maine

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