Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club

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Summer bee health

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ChalkbroodIf you see white and/or black "mummies" in front of hive entrances, your bees might be battling chalkbrood.  Conditions this summer are conducive to chalkbrood, a common bee brood disorder.  It is a fungus that seems to thrive in cool, wet summers like this one is becoming.  The disease will weaken your hive.

Learn more online: there are multiple guides to brood diseases such as the Penn State one that is on our club website and also on the NYBeeWellness website.

Prevention involves plenty of good hive ventilation, and minimizing other hive stresses.  So keep on top of it and make sure your bees have a good location and plenty of honey!

- by Christina Wahl

Photo by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 19:11

Queen Rearing Workshop

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The queen rearing workshop is at capacity!

A queen rearing project is now forming for FLBC members who have successfully wintered honeybees. Participants are being accepted to join a collective hands-on learning experience organized by Linda Mizer, Christina Wahl, David Hopkins and Shelley Stuart.

The goal of the workshop is for participants to learn how to raise a few queen cells for your own apiary, or for those considering nuc production or selling northern queens. You don't need to have any professional goals in mind; as you've seen in discussions recently on the list, having a few queens on hand for your hives (or to help out others) can be a handy tool for your beekeeping toolkit! Looking into the future we see potential to continue learning, improve queen production process, as well as improving the genetics of bees in the area.

A queen yard is being set up near Groton with breeder queens and cell-builder colonies. The group will meet on two Sundays beginning on July 5 at 2pm. At the first session, we will:

  • graft larvae into queen cups
  • prepare a cell builder hive to nurse the grafts

On July 12 the group will examine the cell-builder hives and take home the successful queen cells, to install in their own nucs or hives.


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:10

Honey Marketing Guide

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If you sell, or want to sell, your honey to others to read this June 2014 publication from Cooperative Extension (pdf file). It answers many questions about processing, licensing, and labeling that you may have.


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