Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Beekeeping Calendar of Management Practices: October

Here are some tips on Hive management according to Hive Tool:

* Place entrance reducers in the entrance.
* Check each colony for a laying queen.
* Treat with Terramycin every seven days until three treatments are completed to prevent diseases or use an extender patty.
*Leave one shallow super completely full of honey plus the honey in the brood chambers.
*Feed all colonies that do not have at least 40 pounds of honey stored. (A deep super or brood frame holds six pounds; a shallow super frame holds 2½ pounds.) A deep super completely filled will hold 60-80 pounds of honey. A shallow super completely filled will hold 25-30 pounds of honey.
*Feed a mixture of two parts of sugar to one part hot water.

picture is from our friend Donna Marie at "Honeybees-by-the-Sea" in beautiful Morehead City, NC.

Submit honey to PA Farm Show....

Dear Farm Show Exhibitor:

We are pleased to notify you that the Farm Show 2010 online registration program is available online at http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/. Click here or on the words “Online Registration Now Available” located on the home page.

We are excited to have you participate at the 2010 show. Please check the entry deadlines for your particular interest. If you need any assistance regarding the program, read the notes on each screen or call the Livestock Office at 717-787-2905.


The Farm Show Livestock Office

Sunday, September 20, 2009

You Know You're a Beekeeper When.....

John's Beekeeping Notebook
You know you're a beekeeper when...
By John Caldeira, with contributions from many others.

The windshield of your vehicle has at least two yellow dots on it.

You have answers ready for questions about Africanized bees and the value of local honey in preventing allergies.

Year eagerly await the phone call from the post office asking you to please come pick up your bees.

You check out all the honey labels and prices at the supermarket.

You've gone through the supermarket checkout line buying nothing more than a big load of sugar, and maybe some Crisco.

You've estimated just how much money you spent to control mites.

You pick up matches at restaurants, even though you don't smoke.

Your friends and neighbors think you are the answer to every swarm and bees-in-the-wall problem.

You are keenly aware of the first and last freezes of each winter.

There is propolis on the steering wheel of your vehicle and the bottom of your boots.

There is a bucket of something in your garage that can only be good for smoker fuel.

You are called "the Bee Man," or "the Bee Lady" by a lot of people who don't know your name.

You know the bloom period of more local flowers than the state horticulturist.

You welcome a rainy weekend if it will stimulate nectar production.

You don't mind driving home with a few honey bees inside your vehicle.

Your family and friends know exactly what they're going to get for Christmas.

You don't mow the lawn because the bees are working the weeds.

You drive down a road and find yourself evaluating the roadside flowers for their honey-producing potential.

You pull over and check the bees on the wildflowers just to see if they are YOUR bees, AND -- you can tell the difference.

You come home smelling like a camp fire, and you haven't been camping.

You saw Ulee's Gold and didn't think there were enough shots of the bees.

You overhear your 9 year old daughter explaining to her friends how to tie a trucker's hitch.

The school principal calls to ask that you never again let your child take a drone tied with a thread to school for show and tell.

You never stop marveling at these wonderful creatures.

Excerpts from the above list were published in American Bee Journal (December, 1998), which prompted the following responses from readers:

You know you're married to a beekeeper when...

You spend at least one day a week on your hands and knees with a sharp knife scraping wax and propolis off your kitchen floor.

You've ever used bee boxes as furniture in your house, for coffee tables, chairs, night stands, and storage boxes.

You mow around mountains of bee equipment that never seems to make it to the barn.

You plan weddings, child birth, surgery and funerals around honey extracting time.

When buying a new truck, your spouse checks weight loads and measures the bed to see how many hives he can fit in it.

You get stung by the bee that was clinging to your husband's bee suit when you picked it up to wash it.


Here are a few tips for what needs to be done for the month of September from Hivetool

* Requeen colonies that you did not requeen in August or that rejected the introduced queen in August.
* Consolidate frames in supers that may have some empty space for storage of fall nectar flow.
* Fill supers with capped frames. Partially filled supers can be rearranged with empty frames in the center and the filled and capped frames on the outside.
* Remove and store under fumigation all empty supers of comb.
* Replace all hive parts that need repairing or painting with reconditioned parts. Repair and painting can be done much better in the shop.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Our monthly meeting is coming up! Join us on Sept. 14 at 7:30 at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce building on Commercial Street in Honesdale.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


John Marshall from Marshal Machinery in Beach Lake has 5 Acres of Buckwheat starting to bloom if any one wants to put bees there, they are welcome.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Need an extractor?

Michelle Erbach is looking for someone to split the cost of an extractor with. If you are interested please contact her: xenabena68@gmail.com


If you are in the area, stop by the Wayne County Fair and check out the Wayne County Beekeeper's Association's booth. We won first prize! The Fair run until August 14th.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Don't forget!
August's meeting is on Monday August 3 at 7:30 at the Chamber of Commerce on Commercial Street in Honesdale.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Silence of the Bees

PBS will air a Nature special "Silence of the Bees" on Sunday July 26, 2009 at 8:00, 11:00 and July 27 at 1:00am. Watch or set your DVR's.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Several members accompanied Ron Papa on July 18, 2009 to his apiary in Damascus township. Ron demonstrated a Ether roll and a sugar roll to do a mite check. Member Jeffery Sidle was kind enough to take pictures to share. You will find them in the slide show to the left of the page.

Thanks to Ron for the lesson and to Jeffery for the great photos!

Monday, July 6, 2009


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Sunday, July 5, 2009


Don't forget! July's meeting is this Monday; July 6, 7:30 pm at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. We would love to see you there.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


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