June 18, 2018

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...]

July 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

• 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 be left with a super full of … [Read more...]

June 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

- Remove mite treatments and antibiotics (see labels). - Add supers to hives as needed. - Manage for swarm prevention via equalizing hives, making splits/ nucs or Demaree method. - This is the time of year to register your bee hives with our state apiarist by June 15th. - Register for EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) Conference August 10 - August 14, 2015 University of Guelph, … [Read more...]

May 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

• 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...]