Dear reader,

Happy Spring! We've had some very warm days already, the bees impressing us with their foraging abilities by carting in many different pollen sources available to them. The first sighting of pollen coming in is always exciting for any beekeeper. We wish your bees a healthy, prosperous season ahead!

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April 18th - Record Keeping / Spring Mite Treatment

This month we will be discussing the importance of keeping records on your hives and what information is important to note. Having this valuable information takes the guess work out of your intentions, especially when you begin to grow your apiary and have many hives to tend. Spring mite treatment will be another discussion this month and will cover oxalic acid and formic acid treatment application, pro's and cons of each, timing, and Varroa inspection how- to's.


Time to get your swarm traps out

It's hard to  put a time frame on the beginning of swarm season, especially with such unpredictable weather and conditions. It's always best to be prepared ahead of time and get your swarm traps out now... Happiness is not only acquiring more bees, but free ones feel like you've hit the jackpot. Good luck to all this years swarm enthusiasts! 

Swarm lures will be available at the meeting for $1 each.

When a squirrel is determined to get into a swarm trap!


Hands-on Full Day Beginner Course

You have spoken and I have listened.  After many requests at the March meeting, I will be offering a full day hands on beginners course on June 11th at 10 a.m. in West Shokan.

There is no better way to learn than in a bee yard where you can get the full experience. This will be a great opportunity to really understand all the parts and characteristics of a bee hive. We will examine frames within a hive reviewing signs of health, brood patterns and stages of their development, queen, worker and drone identification, cell sizes along with their uses, among many other things. You will have a better understanding of hive manipulations, proper inspection methods, and the characteristics within a honey bee colony.  I will demonstrate how to mark a queen and you will have the opportunity to practice on some drones.

This course will be a great place to find answers to all of the questions you may have.

Please bring a veil and any other protection that you feel comfortable in. I also suggest that you pack a lunch and water, perhaps sunscreen and a camera if you wish. Sign up closes on June 1st. 

Fee for the course is $50 per person and the class will be limited to 8 participants.  So get your registration in early..... Contact us at to register.


Recipe of the Month

A tried and true honey recipe that we've found to be quite delicious! 

Honey Lemon Slaw 




• 2 tablespoons honey

• 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind

• 2 tablespoons lemon juice

• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

• 4 cups shredded cabbage 

• 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Stir together first 5 ingredients 
    2.Add cabbage and raisins 

2016 Nucs For Sale - May Pickup

We are pleased to be able to offer quality Northern Bred bees again this year. Five frame nucs with 4+ frames of brood and honey. These are not just a merger of brood frames with a newly mated queen. These are established colonies with brood from the queen you receive. Reserve your nucs at  


Equipment Assembly Workshop

This annual building event was held on March 26th, giving our members the opportunity to leave with their equipment ready for bees. 


Best of the Beekeeping Forums

The beekeeping forums are not only good for getting help with your questions, but also to learn and think about things you haven't considered. 

Swarm Traps

Treatment Dilemma

Overwintering Results  

Sting Reaction


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 starts with a short seasonal appropriate presentation followed by general open discussion. 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.

• What: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

• When: 3rd Monday of the Month - 6:30PM

Rob Overton
Lindsay Brower


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