November 21, 2014

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

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  → 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

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- 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...]

March 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Feeding Bees in Winter

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 honey stores, they will go through stores much more rapidly as they engage in brood rearing. If you … [Read more...]

February 2013 – 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 2013 – 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...]