August 21, 2019

When Disaster Strikes

In late winter, beekeepers often find themselves thinking about their bees. Apprehension is most common when the previous fall had dismal honey production and when houses creak and snap on bone-chilling nights during January and February. Unfortunately, there isn’t much northern beekeepers can do during the dead of winter. At best, newspaper can be added on top of fiberboards of live hives that … [Read more...]

SARE Grant Colony Update, 2/1/2011

SARE Project Title: A Comparison of Honeybee Colony Strength and Survivability Between Nucleus- and Package-Started Colonies The SARE project hives, like the rest of our bees here in Maine, are in their winter cluster working their way through their stores, hopefully to emerge in spring healthy and strong. My last inspection of the Westbrook colonies was a simple check from the outside, … [Read more...]

Nuc Transportation & Installation

Prior to nuc pickup, the empty hive (i.e. bottom board, hive body, five or six frames of foundation and/or comb, entrance reducer, inner cover, outer cover, empty hive body, sugar syrup, feeder) should be assembled and prepared for installation. The hive should be located at the apiary site in accordance with the MSBA’s “Best Management Practices for Beekeeping” found at In … [Read more...]

2010 Apiary Program Summary

In 2010, 621 Maine beekeepers registered 6,975 hives. The registration numbers reflect an increase of approximately 150 hobby beekeepers since 2008. There are more than 1,000 beekeepers with 8,000+ hives estimated in Maine. The estimate is based upon the number of beekeepers who attend beekeeping workshops, the number of individuals enrolled in beekeeping short courses and the current membership … [Read more...]

Making Mead by Dr. Roger A. Morse

Review by Frederick B. Wardwell All you need to know to make prize-winning mead is told in Dr. Roger A. Morse’s book Making Mead. in 125 pages, he gives formulas, sanitation procedures, equipment requirements, and other helpful information. i know that this is all you need, because I first made wine 60 years ago, studied college chemistry for six years, and read every word of The Chemistry … [Read more...]

2011 North American Beekeeping conference and Trade Show

The North American Beekeeping Conference was held in Galveston,Texas, this January 4 – 8th.The conference is generally held the first week of January and the location is always in the South.This conference incorporates a number of beekeeping organizations and is coordinated by the American Beekeeping Federation. This year several other groups were meeting at the conference including the Apiary … [Read more...]