April 23, 2014

April 2014 – 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 … [Read more...]

March 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Feeding Bees in Winter

• 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...]

January 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Winter in Maine - photo by Overland Apiaries

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...]

October 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Leroy Cronkhite Sr. sharing and observation hive at the Farmington Fair

↠ Only a few days left to Register for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Portland ↠ Confirmed Speakers include: Dr. Deborah Delaney, Assistant Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware Kirk Webster, Champlain Valley Bees & Queens of Middlebury, Vermont Tony Jadczak, Maine State … [Read more...]

September 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

kirk-webster

  → Register for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 → 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 2013 – 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 Club →   … [Read more...]

July 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Hive Inspection 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...]

June 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

swarm-of-bees-photo-featured-image

- 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. - Register for the Over-Wintering Nuc Workshop: June 21, 2013: presented by the Cumberland County Beekeepers. - Register for … [Read more...]

May 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

3 Pound "Package" of Honeybees - Getting Ready to Install

→ 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 … [Read more...]

April 2013 – 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 … [Read more...]