August 22, 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...]

Workshops Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture & Summer Nucs

How to Make Summer Nucs - Hands-on Workshop

Cumberland County Beekeepers Association will be presenting two hands-on workshops this Spring. Don't miss the chance to take your beekeeping to the next level with these workshops run by an EAS Master Beekeeper, and the President of the Maine State Beekeepers Association. Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture Wednesday April 25th, 2012 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Location: Mabel I. Wilson … [Read more...]

June 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Gathering a Swarm of Honey Bees

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 Summer Nuc Workshop on Sunday July 16, 2011 Register for EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) … [Read more...]

May 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Bee on a dandelion bloom

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 … [Read more...]