July 16, 2019

Beekeepers Calendar: June

It’s time to register your apiaries! Maine’s first honey flows start at the very end of May/early June so add honey supers to hives as needed. Manage for swarm prevention by equalizing hives and making splits/nucs. … [Read more...]

2019 MSBA Annual Meeting

SAVE THE DATE! MSBA’s Annual Meeting & Conference Saturday, October 12th The 2019 Annual Meeting will once again be hosted by the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Association at Brunswick High School. This year’s event will be in a larger facility with more parking and more ven- dor space. Guest speakers will be Dr. Jamie Ellis and and Dr. Frank Drummond. Professor of Entomolgy at the … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: May

Brood rearing is in full force and populations inside the hive will build up quickly. Most of your time this month will be spent managing for population buildup and swarm prevention. Reverse brood chambers if necessary and inspect the brood pattern. Check the queen’s performance and for symptoms of brood disease. Re-queen any hives with failing or poor performing queens. Divide colonies at … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: April

APRIL Brood production is ramping up this month. A few good pollen and nectar sources will start blooming, but poor weather may hinder the ability of foragers to access it.  Continue monitoring food reserves and feed light syrup (1:1) inside the hive if necessary.  Scrape bottom boards and quickly check the brood pattern on a mild day (calm, sunny, and above … [Read more...]

The Beekeeper’s Calendar: March

Most queens will be laying eggs by the end of March. There will be very little natural forage available so monitoring food reserves is critical. It is not uncommon for a hive to make it through the hardest part of winter only to starve in March. If honey reserves are low, feed candy or dry sugar. Colonies that consume feed should be monitored carefully and fed as needed. Feed pollen … [Read more...]

MSBA at the 2019 Maine Ag Show

For the 44th consecutive year, MSBA was represented at the 2019 Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center on January 15th - 17th, 2019. Organizer Lynn Lamb of Western Maine Beekeepers Association recruited members from around the state to volunteer for a shift. Sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the three-day show is held every year in … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: February

Bees will spend most of the month in a tight cluster. When the weather is above 40°F they will move to new areas of the hive and take cleansing flights. Late in the month, some queens may start to lay eggs. As a result, food will be consumed faster. Check wintering colonies for honey reserves by hefting the hive to feel the “honey weight”.  On warm sunny days (above 40F without wind) you can … [Read more...]

The Beekeeper’s Calendar: January

The bees will spend most of the month in a tight cluster. When the weather is above 40F the bees will move to new areas of the hive and take cleansing flights. Gauge food levels in wintering colonies by lifting one corner of the hive and feeling the “honey weight”. If it is warm (above 40F without wind) you can quickly peek through the hole in the inner cover to see where the bees are in the hive … [Read more...]

Beekeepers Calendar: December

Sit back, enjoy a big mug of tea with honey, and start reading your favorite bee periodicals. … [Read more...]

Beekeepers Calendar: November

Provide upper ventilation. Remove mite treatments prior to wintering or wrapping the colony. Wrap colonies with tar paper or commercial wrap and provide with an insulating board or moisture absorbing material by Thanksgiving. … [Read more...]