October 16, 2018

Beekeeper’s Calendar: September

The year is starting to wind down. The queen has drastically reduced her egg laying and the hive is making its last foraging push before winter. If weather permits sample colonies for varroa mites one final time mid-September. It is not unusual to have a spike in varroa mite populations during this month as surrounding hives collapse from varroa infestations and mites migrate into your hives … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: August

The colony is now just past its peak population and starting to raise larva that are destined to become winter bees. As the population of bees decreases in preparation for winter, it is important to keep an eye on mite levels which will continue increasing. Sample colonies for varroa mites using sugar or alcohol roll and if Varroa are detected above threshold, apply mite treatments. Make … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: July

Honey bee colonies hit their peak during this month. Add empty honey supers as needed. You can harvest honey when the honey flow slows (usually the end of July) or hold filled supers in a cool, protected location until the fall to evaluate whether the honey is needed for overwintering. Monitor Varroa populations. A mite treatment may be necessary prior to supering for the fall honey flow. … [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 50F).  If weather permits, sample … [Read more...]

March 2016 – The Beekeeper’s Calendar

This hive will need more candy soon. • Have you renewed your 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 colonies you are planning to split. Make sure they have sufficient … [Read more...]

November 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

- Be sure to Register for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Hampden. (Early Bird Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014 - Registration fee goes up to $45.00 after deadline.) -  Confirmed Speakers include: Michael Palmer, owner of French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, Vermont and former Vermont Beekeepers Association president. Tony … [Read more...]

October 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

- Be sure to Register for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Hampden. (Early Bird Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014 - Registration fee goes up to $45.00 after deadline.) -  Confirmed Speakers include: Michael Palmer, owner of French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans, Vermont and former Vermont Beekeepers Association president. Tony … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]