April 16, 2014

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...]

Sugar Candy and Syrup Recipes (for feeding bees)

Feeding with Sugar Candy or Dry Sugar

Feeding with Sugar Candy or Dry Sugar Hard Candy Hard candy is a very good way to feed bees without overly stimulating brood production, but it takes some preparation. Here are two recipes: Microwave Candy Recipe (feeds 1 or 2 colonies) 1. In a one quart ( or larger) microwave dish, mix thoroughly one and a half cups  granulated sugar and one-half cup light corn syrup ( 3:1 ratio). … [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...]