Greetings and Salutations! :-)

Spring is finally upon us! So it seems... lol

There is the possibility of a meeting outside in MAY! The Library is not yet available, however, if you would like to volunteer to have the meeting at your apiary, please email Rob to discuss. rob@bushkillventures.com

There seems to be a mixture of stories of beekeepers losing many of their hives overwinter, and stories of successes in overwintering their hives. I hope you are a success story. There is word of a new virus out there and many of the professionals are scrambling to find out what it is. Please jump on the monthly call and maybe there is more information on that.

A few videos from NY Bee Wellness below. They have done a number of zoom calls with Mike Johnston in NY, Michael Palmer up on the Canadian border, and Medhat Nasr, a Canadian researcher from Toronto. Very, very informative and worth watching.

Come on this month's VIDEO CALL and let's talk about what you are seeing, if your hives are surviving, and what we can do to help our bees get to the spring build up alive. ;-)

Come talk about your bees and share some knowledge.

7:00 PM, Monday, April 19th.

If you call in late, PLEASE don't interrupt the discussion and allow whoever was talking to continue to do so. Otherwise it makes it tough to have a successful interaction.

Please VIDEO in and put on your VIDEO SCREEN--we'd love to see you! You can login on the internet browser, no need to download the program. If you have to, you can call in, but seeing all of you would be so much better, almost like being at the library again... Wear a funny hat! ;-)

Video and Screen Sharing:

Online meeting ID:
Online meeting link:

Conference Call:

Dial-in number:
(712) 770-4010
Access code:
Are YOU ready for Spring? Are YOUR hives surviving?


Queen 16 Days, Worker 21 Days, Drone 24 Days...Capped at 9th Day...

Some Honey Bee music. Opens a new window. You won't Bee disappointed.

The Bridge - "Honey Bee" - Mountain Jam VI - 6/6/10

Pls check the Resources section below...

For more information:
914 213 2303

If you have any topics, ideas, selling bee equipment, or questions, feel free to contact us at BeeGroup@HVHiives.com.

Please whitelist beegroup@hvhives.com to ensure proper mail delivery from Hudson Valley Hives.

Keep on BZZZzzz'n...


Succeeding in Beekeeping in New York, Mike Johnston -a NY Bee Wellness webinar

Mike will explain why his bee operation has prospered in New York. He will attempt to advise other New York beekeepers on how they can also do well in beekeeping. Raising your own bees rather than purchasing them year after year will be emphasized. Making splits, raising natural or grafted queens, walkaway splits and producing nucs will be covered. The timing of manipulations is important. We will also look at New York State locations from a soils perspective, where are the better locations , and what honey is produced in different areas.

Click Here for the Video.
Grafting 3

Michael Palmer - Queen Rearing

Queen Rearing in the Sustainable Apiary by Michael Palmer owner of French Hills Apiaries in St. Albans, VT.

CLICK HERE for more.

Keeping Pest and Pathogens of Honey Bees in Check- Medhat Nasr; a NY Bee Wellness webinar

Currently, populations of Varroa mites globally have developed resistance to pyrethroid and organophosphate miticides. More recently, resistance has been emerging to the only remaining viable synthetic miticide, Apivar. Since Apivar registration in 2008 in Canada, Dr. Nasr has recognized the need for active ingredients (AIs) with different modes of action to support developing alternative miticides to control varroa and keeping healthy bees.
CLICK HERE for more.
Grafting 2
Grafting 1

Mike Palmer, "A Year in French Hill Apiaries" a NY Bee Wellness webinar

Pollen patties; reversing before dandelions; quilt boxes; queen excluders with supers; upper entrances for honey supers; bottom entrance reducers; feeding in dearths; screened bottom boards; checking for varroa mites and treatment; harvest yields; queen laying; queen cell cups, grafting; small hive beetles; absconding; ventilation in summer supers; requeening for disease; length of queen rearing season; robbing, yellow jackets; overwintering in single vs double deeps; overwintering nucs in 2 deep boxes. CLICK HERE to read on...

Study: US pesticide use falls but harms pollinators more

American farmers are using smaller amounts of better targeted pesticides, but these are harming pollinators, aquatic insects and some plants far more than decades ago, a new study finds.
CLICK HERE for more.
Mating Nuc 1
Swarm 1


NY Bee Wellness: https://nybeewellness.org/

Beltsville Lab: If your bees die, God Forbid!, please send a sample to the Beltsville Lab in Maryland. The analysis is free and they will email you the results. They check for Nosema and Mites. I sent a sample down a month ago and my hive was loaded with mites -- in December! Please share results with Rob,Tom and the BeeGroup so we can help keep tabs on what is happening in the 'hood. Thanks! CLICK HERE for details on how to submit a sample.

Fat Bees Skinny Bees

Talks about nutrition for your bees. This will impact how your bees can fight off disease and ultimately survive.
Click Here for the Powerpoint.
Click Here for the Manual.

For Honeybee information, videos, podcasts and workshops please visit the links below. Workshops are being updated as we speak!

Dave Cushman Beekeeping Website maintained by Roger Patterson.
Go to Dave-Cushman.net

With Special Thanks for providing the Venue: Olive Free Library

A Quick Reference Guide to Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators, and Diseases https://extension.psu.edu/a-quick-reference-guide-to-honey-bee-parasites-pests-predators-and-diseases

Welsh Beekeepers Association Bee Disease Guide: It is important for all beekeepers to be familiar with the appearance of healthy worker brood, in order to recognise abnormalities which may indicate the presence of disease.

Honey Bee Healthy Recipe

NOSEMA: Treatment Procedure. Don't forget to treat for Nosema! Click Here for procedure.

HONEYBEE LIFE CYCLE - Very Important to know. This is the building block of understanding your hives.
Click Here for video...
Click here for chart and discussion.

Queen 16 Days, Worker 21 Days, Drone 24 Days...

Bee Group Meeting

What: Bee Group
Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan - check details above for location
When: Online for the Time Being

Hudson Valley Hives is a beekeeping group that meets at the Olive Free Library on a monthly basis and discuss all things beekeeping. The meeting is driven by members questions and sharing experiences with the goal of spreading timely knowledge among fellow beekeepers. It is very informal and we welcome anyone interested to participate. If you are just thinking about getting started in beekeeping, a new beekeeper, or a seasoned beekeeper, you will benefit from the group discussions. There is no membership fee. The Olive Free Library graciously provides a meeting place for our group and we encourage you to make a donation to the library if you find the BeeGroup helpful.

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