April 25, 2018

February 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

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

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...]

November 2012 – 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. → Register for a Bee School course that is one level up from you current … [Read more...]

October 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

→ Only 3 days left to Register for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Portland → Confirmed Speakers include: Jerry Hayes, leading the efforts to control Honey Bee parasites and pathogens using non-chemical controls at Monsanto Tony Jadczak, Maine State Apiarist Lincoln Sennett of Swan’s Honey Michael Bush, author of … [Read more...]

September 2012 – Beekeepers Calendar

→ Register for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 → 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 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

→ 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 EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) Conference in Burlington, … [Read more...]

July 2012 – 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 … [Read more...]

June 2012 – 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. → Sign up for the Cumberland County Beekeepers "How to Make Summer Nucs – Hands-on Workshop" on … [Read more...]

May 2012 – 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 size and … [Read more...]

April 2012 – 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 brood. If you medicate hives … [Read more...]