Package pick up - tentative date is May 3. For up dates on packages please refer to New Moon Apiary on Facebook
Hopefully the weather says nice in the southern states and there will not be a date change. I recommend that you keep checking back on my web site and Facebook for up dates. Things you need to do to be ready for your bees. Have a hive stand, bottom board, entrance reducer, inner cover, telescoping cover, hive bodies (the number will vary depending what equipment youíre using and the size of feeder), feeder, syrup, and enough frames to fill the brood boxes. Paint the equipment at least a week before to allow the equipment to air out before you put the bees in it. May 1 plan on having the syrup made. I like 1.5 to 1 because it is less apt to mold. Example being 15 LBS of sugar to 10 LBS of water (1 gallon + 1 quart) Consider having some pollen substitute patties on hand in case we have a week of rain (typical Maine spring weather) I will have some available on pick up day, $2.50 a patty please bring correct change, they can be frozen to use in the fall if you do not use them. You may want at least 4. ~ IMPORTANT ~ If your using a screen bottom board leave the insert in through the hives build up, even if it needs to be there all summer. Have an extra box is for covering your feeder, only feed from above the cluster not below. You will see a lot of bottom board feeders on YouTube package bee insert videos, those are probably southern states. In cool weather bees want the food above them not below them. Also inner cover notch down or duct tape over the notch to help prevent robbing. Watch the videos I have posted on my Facebook page if you have never installed a package. Stay calm, remember to breathe and talk to them and you will have no problems.
I have been beekeeping since the 70's and through that time have had many great learning experiences. Beekeeping is something I truly enjoy so when I decided to make a web site my goal was share some of my knowledge. I hope you find the pages on this site useful. Beekeeping has become a popular hobby in my area as with all over the county.
The calendar says spring is here but I am having a hard time believing it. We are coming in to the hardest part of the year for hives. The bees are old, their honey is sugared, and the clusters are smaller so unsugaring honey is harder. There is brood to feed and if the bees donít have enough bee bread they will take resources from their own body to feed the brood. It is too early in Maine to feed liquid food so you still need to use granulated sugar. Also put on protein substitutes to insure the bees have enough protein. Once you start feeding protein keep feeding until reliable fresh pollen is coming in.
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