April 1, 2015

April 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Installing a Package of Bees in Maine

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 brood. If you medicate hives … [Read more...]

March 2012- The Beekeepers Calendar

Pallen Patty

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 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Hives in Maine WInter 2012. Photo Carol Cottrill

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 2012 – 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...]

December 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Hive Wrapped for Winter in Maine

Leave the bees alone and hope for a January thaw so the bees can have a cleansing flight. Register for the North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow (ABF Annual Conference) January 10-14, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada Reserve your spot for the Vermont Beekeepers Meeting on January 24th, 2012 Assemble and repair beekeeping equipment. Purchase new equipment if necessary … [Read more...]

November 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar


Provide upper ventilation. Remove mite treatments prior to wintering or wrapping the colony. Wrap colonies with tar paper or commercial wrap and provide with an insulating board or moisture absorbing material (Homasote) by Thanksgiving. Sell honey at craft fairs, etc. Read periodicals. This monthly post is adapted from "The Beekeepers … [Read more...]

October 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

MSBA Fall 2011 Annual Meeting

Register today for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday October 15, 2011 in Lewiston. Confirmed Speakers include: Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp Vermont Beekeeper Michael Palmer Finish feeding medicated syrup and the 3rd Terramycin dust application by mid-October. Remove mite treatments in accordance with the label toward the end of the month. Read the … [Read more...]

September 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Family Honey Harvest

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 supers are  removed from hives. Feed heavy (2:1) medicated (Fumagillin) syrup or frames of honey to hives low on honey stores. Prevent hives … [Read more...]

August 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Harvest honey the 1st week of August if not done in July. Photo: Tim Forrester

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. If you were not able to attend EAS in Rhode Island, ask somebody who did about … [Read more...]

July 2011 – 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 honey at … [Read more...]