May 27, 2015

May 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

3 Pound "Package" of Honeybees just Installed - image courtesy of farmtotablekids.blogspot.com

• 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

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

March 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Honey Bees Peeking Out - Winter Feeding in Maine

• 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

Winter in Maine - photo by Overland Apiaries

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...]

January 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Bee Hives in Snow - Maine

There are lots of great things for the Maine Beekeeper to do to keep cabin fever at bay during these snow months. For instance: Assemble and repair beekeeping equipment. Purchase new equipment if necessary. Read beekeeping texts and periodicals. Sign up for a beekeeping course offered by Extension, Adult Education or local beekeeping association. Renew your Maine … [Read more...]

November 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Proper Homasote Placement above the Inner Cover

* 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 (Homasote) by Thanksgiving. * Sell honey at craft fairs, etc. * Register for a Bee School course that is one level up from you current knowledge level. * … [Read more...]

October 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Farmstand Honey in Jefferson, Maine

→  Only a few days left to Register for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday, October 18, 2019 in Hampden. (Registration Deadline: October 11, 2014 - Registration fee goes up to $45.00 after deadline.) →  Confirmed Speakers include: Dr. Dewey Caron Tony Jadczak, Maine State Apiarist Erin MacGregor-Forbes Matt Scott →  Finish feeding … [Read more...]

September 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Dr. Dewey M. Caron

  → Register for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, October 18, 2014 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 … [Read more...]

August 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Summer Honey Harvest in Maine

  →     Harvest honey the 1st week of August if not done in July. →     Super hives during goldenrod bloom if needed. →     If summer honey was not harvested, top super for goldenrod/fall honey flow. →     Unite weak hives and position brood and honey stores in anticipation of winter. →     Attend an "Open Hive" at your local Bee … [Read more...]

July 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

A Junior Beekeeper 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...]