Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30 P.M. at the West Barnstable Community
Building on Route 149. Phil Kyle, a naturalist with Green Brian Nature Center will speak on "The Birds and the Bees". Carl Monge tells us he is quite humorous and has been associated with the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.
For the second half of the meeting Mark Marinaccio will relate his experiences with queen rearing this past season. Let's hope this is the beginning of a much needed program here on Cape Cod.
The following members volunteered to bring goodies and drinks to
this meeting: Anne & Jim Canavan, Ariane St. Clair, Jim Coelho,
Marion Lay, Ray Ruggles, and Gordon Starr. Thank you!
From the President
Another month has passed with temperatures being broken and we are
still in some sore of drought. The warm weather has been great for
the queens to continue laying a little longer (I hope) as I need
more bees for winter in my new hives and more nectar also. I've
been stealing from hive #1 to equalize the others for winter and
still debating what to do with the small nuc that now has 3 rather
small new queen peanut cells. What are they doing? What happened
to the nice big peanut cell they had? It's always a learning experience
with these girls. Today I was watching 2 hives with bees sweeping
the landing board. Welllll, it was interesting to see but I couldn't
figure out what they were doing. Maybe someone can enlighten me.
All they were missing were the brooms and the landing was already
clean. So maybe it was perfectionists "spring cleaning"
When you read this, we will have had the Harvest Festival behind
us and some of you will have sold some or all of your harvested
honey along with candles, creams, and other products from our hives.
What you have left the health food stores are always happy to sell
local honey for you.
The mouse guards should be on your hives by now and any fall feeding
and medications, if you use them, in progress. If there are any
questions, please don't hesitate to phone any of the Board of Directors
or names from your Mentors List. We're all happy to help you along.
I am still receiving phone calls about "bee swarms". So
far they are all yellow jacket hornet nests. With the drought and
very little blooming at this time, the hornets are looking everywhere
for food and our bees are getting the blame again. If any of you
give lectures or want to give lectures to a school, library, and
such, our library has wonderful material you can borrow to help
educate the public on bees and wasps/hornets. This is one area that
Have a beautiful fall month. -- Marte
The glassware has arrived and is stored at Ed Osmun’s farm on
Lombard Rd, in W Barnstable. The B.C.B.A. Glass Store is available
– by appointment – on the first and third Saturday’s
of September. Call George Muhlebach at 508-362-8693 or email him at
email@example.com to set up your pickup time.
Prices are as follows: 24 x 8 oz - $9.00, 24 x 16 oz - $9.00, and
12 x 32 oz - $7.00
George will not have change. Please bring correct amount or a check.
Meetings of Interest
Massachusetts Beekeepersí Association Fall Meeting and Honey Show
Saturday, October 13, 2007
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall, Leicester, MA
Featured speaker will be Ross Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping
Offering organic approaches to modern apiculture
Enter your honey or wax products and see if you can take one of
those blue ribbons away
from the likes of Jim Gross, Claire Desilets, or Dan Conlon
Southern New England Beekeepers Assembly (SNEBA)
Saturday November 17, 2007
Unitarian Society of New Haven,
700 Hartford Tpke, Hamden, CT
Theme: Healthy Bees
Speakers: Dewey Caron, Jennifer Berry, Janet Brisson, Larry Connor
The honey supers are off, the extracting is complete, and feeding
for winter stores is underway. Pollen patties will be added in a
few weeks, but goldenrod pollen is still available. How many of
you were able to detect that odor coming from your hives? At first
it is alarming, but we soon find it rather comforting knowing that
the hive is serious about winter stores. One concern with feeding
pollen patties will be the appetite of the Small Hive Beetle. Keep
an eye on these patties and remove if wiggly white larvae begin
A healthy discussion on winter preparation occurred at the September
meeting with a number of different ideas presented. There are no
simple answers but what was evident is that utilizing different
approaches, the results appear to be fairly consistent with losses.
To wrap or not is as controversial as using queen excluders. Perhaps
the location of your hive may help you to decide. If your area is
open to the wind, some form of protection might be considered. Your
wood hive does breathe, so a loose wrapping with roofing felt will
not cause overheating or moisture buildup. And, it just might increase
the temperature a few degrees on sunny days so the cluster could
move to more stores.
Perhaps, more importantly, will be a system to absorb the condensation
under the cover. George uses a sheet of homasote with a channel
to vent the circulating airflow out of the hive. We use several
layers of newspaper on the queen excluder, which is stored over
the inner cover. It is amazing how damp they may become.
Stores are most critical. We remember in past years by late July
the top deep would be chock full of honey in anticipation of winter.
Assuming the dry conditions this season are the reason, the hives
are very light. If you have empty drawn frames in your top deep,
here is a suggestion to add stores. After mixing your 2:1 sugar
syrup, take a clean paintbrush saturated with syrup and brush into
the empty cells.
Brushing from top to bottom should fill the cells sufficiently to
add more stores. Place the filled frames as close to the cluster
Another controversial winter preparation is whether to add the sticky
board under the bottom board to create warmth. It is interesting
to note that Ross Conrad states in his new book “Natural Beekeeper”,
that as a Vermont beekeeper, he leaves the board out all winter.
Come November, ours are in and stay until March. We understood that
with the added protection, the queen is able to start laying earlier
and the workers able to keep the developing brood better incubated.
Come to the state meeting on Saturday, October 13th to hear about
“the organic approaches to modern apiculture.”
Where did the time go
A short time ago, I went with the Desilets to the
2007 Eastern Apiculture Society conference. I attended many workshops
and lectures, but the two I really wanted to learn more from had
to do with the removing of honeybees from houses and buildings.
Bill Owens and Cindy "Bee" Dillon each gave lectures and
PowerPoint presentations on their techniques and experiences dealing
with the topic.
I had done a couple of “extractions” in the past, but
they seemed like too much work to be worthwhile. Consequently, this
year alone I deferred and referred to another at least eight removal
jobs. Because of the lectures by Bill and Cindy, I decided to take
on at least some of the jobs.
Three weekends ago I got a call from a very nice lady who takes
care of a summer place in Chatham. The house had honeybees and the
exterminator would not deal with them. After checking out the job,
I decided to commit to do it.
To shorten a long story, I removed the bees, spent probably too
many hours wrapping up the job (the carpentry was part of the job),
and brought the bee’s home. They were installed in an empty
deep with their original comb and brood. After two days I opened
up the new hive and was thrilled…there was the queen with
a bright yellow mark on her back. She was a new queen this year
and had swarmed.
Last weekend I went to feed this new hive and they had gone. Nobody
was left in the hive. They had even abandoned the brood.
What the heck happened? Where did they go? Perhaps I’ll get
a call to take some honeybees out of another house.
Please return all books and videos to this meeting, so the library
staff can update our lists. Thank You.