November 26, 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...]

Spring Management

State Apiarist Tony Jadczak shares his report of Maine apiaries for 2 010.

Wintered honey bee colonies should be checked by early or mid-March for the amount and position of honey stores. Remove the outer cover and note the position of the cluster. In moderate temperatures, strong hives will often have bees present on the inner  cover, chewing and/or drinking the water from the insulation material that was placed above the inner cover the previous fall.  In cold … [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...]