July 25, 2016

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...]

April 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

  •  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

• 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...]