September Meeting - Monday 18th


Dear reader,

Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

I'm pretty sure we all think it is too early for snow, but that is exactly what your bees are preparing for now.   It is the time of the year where the bees see summer coming to an end and are judiciously preparing for winter.   Now is the time you want to remove any excess honey that you plan on taking and finish off any varroa treatments that haven't been completed.   It is also time to evaluate all your hives and feed those that are not well prepared for winter.   It is best to feed 2:1 sugar syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water) as fast as possible for two reasons:

1)  You want them to be able to dry it and store it away while it is still warm out.  My rule of thumb is to NOT feed syrup after October 1st.

2)  The faster they can get the syrup stored away, the more time they will have to forage for that Fall pollen that will be so crucial to healthy and copious amount of Spring brood raising in February/March.

My preferred method of feeding syrup quickly is in inverted gallon paint cans right on the top of the frames with an empty hive body around it and covered.   What is nice about this method is you do not need to worry about robbing which can become a great problem this time of year.  If a hive is really light, you can even put more than 1 can on at a time.  Gallon glass pickle jars can work equally as well, but are a little taller than the paint cans and can cause interference with the top depending on the shims you use. 

A while back I wrote my thoughts on the different types of feeders that can be found here -> https://beevac.com/feeder-compare/  Like most things in beekeeping,  it comes down to personal preference, so I encourage you to determine which types of feeder is best for you.

For those who want to do some proactive treatment to boost the health of your bees going into winter,  now would also be the time for that as well.

I will have 100mg packets of SuperDFM & 10ml bottles of Nozevit+ available at the meeting.

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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Strong Microbials - Super DFM

The Bee Improvement team had a teleconference with the fine folks from Strong Microbials back in July.  A recording of the audio conference is available HERE.


Lack of fall honeyflow could increase mite-induced honeybee deaths, again


The lack of a honey flow stresses bees, stress makes the bees more vulnerable to viruses which ultimately kills the bees over the winter. That means, after a poor fall honey flow, a lower number of mites in the hive could give the colony problems compared to a year with a good honey flow in the fall.

Read article -> http://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/31/outdoors/lack-of-fall-honeyflow-could-increase-mite-induced-honeybee-deaths-again/



Pregnant Ohio Mom Poses with 20,000 Bees on Her Belly in Shocking Maternity Shoot: ‘It Was a Spiritual Experience’

“People think I’m putting my baby at harm,” Emily Mueller, a beekeeper and owner of Mueller Honey Bee and Rescue, tells PEOPLE. “But bees are gentle and I hope my bee belly helps people see that they aren’t as scary as you might think.”

Read article -> http://people.com/human-interest/pregnant-mom-20000-bee-maternity-shoot/


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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