Dear reader,

Just a reminder that this month's meeting has been moved up a week to Monday June 12th.   Since there is another activity happening at the Library,  we will meet at Davis Park (just down the road from the Library at 45 Watson Hollow Rd, West Shokan, NY 12494).   Weather permitting,  we will visit a small bee yard I have that is about 1/2 mile away.   We will need to car pool from the park to minimize the number of vehicles at the bee yard.   We will meet sharply at 6:30.

I still have Nozevit+ in smaller quantities (10 treatments) for those looking to take the proactive approach to keeping your bees healthy.

See you on Monday and bring your questions and topics for discussion.



If you have any topics, ideas, or questions, feel free to contact us at BeeGroup@HVHives.com.

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Morris Board Method of Queen Rearing

I will demonstrate the use of a Morris Board for queen rearing and nuc production at this months meeting.   For those familiar with the Cloake Board, it works on the same principals,  but allows for overlapping of queen rearing cycles and potentially twice the number of queens.   With the use of a second support colony,  you can turn out a 5 frame nuc every 5 days.


European Foulbrood hits Hudson Valley

The unseasonable weather has caused a poor nectar flow and has exposed our bees to being susceptible to European Foubrood.  I know of at least 5 cases identified in the Hudson Valley.  The good news is that it is treatable,  but it is important to identify it quickly before the hive totally crashed.  For more details on identifying and treatment visit beeinformed.org


Roger Patterson Visit

Another great informative visit this year with Roger Patterson.  The weather could have been better, and unfortunately heavy rain prevented the Thursday class from getting to work hands-on in a hive with Roger,  but they improvised using an empty hive inside.  The queen rearing class had better weather and for the 2nd year in a row had a 75+% acceptance of queen cells from a cell builder that was only queenless for 2 hours.


See Article Here


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.

• What: Hudson Valley Hives BeeGroup

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

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


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