April 24, 2014

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...]

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...]

October 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Vendors Area at the 2011 MSBA Meeting in Lewiston

→ 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

Open Hive Summer 2012

→ 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

J. Hildreth - President of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association with a spectacular frame of honey

→ 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

tall-hives-in-maine-june-2012-featured-image

→ 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

Bee-Friendly Garden (Seen in London)

→ 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

Honey Bees Coming in for a Landing

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...]

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...]