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June 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Gathering a Swarm of Honey Bees

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 Summer Nuc Workshop on Sunday July 16, 2011 Register for EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) … [Read more...]

May 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Bee on a dandelion bloom

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 … [Read more...]

April 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Installing a package of bees

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 medicated with Fumagillin (PDF).   Apply mite treatments to wintered colonies if Varroa are detected (mid-late April) in the drone brood. … [Read more...]

March 2011 – 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 with sufficient honey stores in mid-March. If you are new to beekeeping, go ask questions at your local bee club meeting.   If you know a thing or two, go to the same … [Read more...]

February 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Bee Hives in Snow - Maine

Order bees in package or nuc's for late April-early May arrival. Check wintering colonies for honey reserves by hefting the hive. Feed sugar candy or dry sugar if needed.                 This monthly post is adapted from "The Beekeepers Calendar, A Year In The Apiary-Central Maine" by Tony Jadczak, Maine State Apiarist   … [Read more...]

January 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Hives in Snow - Maine

January: 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...]