October 26, 2014

Preparing for Swarm Season

Front view of a hivebody-style bait hive for catching swarms; the vertical board is for nailing and/or tying to a tree trunk or other structure. The hardware cloth on the front entrance is there to prevent mice from moving in. PHOTO: ANNE FREY

Making Your Own Bait Hives Now that you’re finished with your winter of building and repairing supers, brood boxes and frames, think about the possibility of building bait hives in preparation for the May/ June swarm season. A bait hive is a swarm-catching box. I have captured some nice swarms in boxes set in trees, and it seems easier than answering a swarm call, which may come at an … [Read more...]

Advanced Intermediate Bee School

Advanced Intermediate Bee School Instructor, Cindy Bee

by Peggy McLaughlin New this winter to the growing list of Bee School offerings in Maine was the Advanced Intermediate Bee School taught by Master Beekeepers Erin MacGregor-Forbes and Cindy Bee. The course, which ran on Tuesday nights, met at the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland. It is one of many Bee Schools taught around the state this year, but the first of its kind at the … [Read more...]

What to Do with Crystallized Honey in Combs

Crystallized Honey in Combs

If you’re like most of us, some of your hives died this winter or spring. Assuming you know what American Foul Brood evidence looks like, and know there is none, you may use the hive’s combs for future bees. Some combs, especially higher in the hive, may still have honey in them. It will be crystallized, which looks like wet white granules in the cells instead of thick clear liquid honey. The … [Read more...]

Ag Day at the Legislature 2013

Charlie Merrill mans the informative MSBA display at Ag Day at the Legislature on March 27, 2013

Board members Charlie Merrill and Roy Cronkhite attended Ag Day at the Legislature on March 27th. The display emphasized the value of honey bees to Maine Agriculture. The legislators were able to take letter openers branded with the MSBA logo, honey candy and honey straws. … [Read more...]