Our Rossman Apiaries 3lb packages will be available for pickup Saturday, May 18 between 7:30 and 11:30am. All of our packages have been pre-reserved and confirmed via mail. Unfortunately we will not have any additional packages for sale.
If you have a reserved package, please pick up your bees at 188 Capisic Street, Portland between 7:30 am and 11:30 am.
Directions to Overland Apiaries can be found here. Directions to Overland
Please plan to drive your packages directly home from Overland Apiaries (stop for gas on the way here, not on the way home) and install your bees in your equipment as soon as you can once you get home. You will need to feed your bees upon installation, prepare your one-to-one sugar syrup the night before and keep it at room temperature. You should plan to feed your packages for at least several weeks while the bees build their new nest.
Unless you have chosen the installation option on your confirmation, your package will be considered forfeited without refund if not picked up by 11:30 am May 18th.
All of our 2013 nucleus colonies are now spoken for. We are sorry to say that we will not have any additional colonies available for sale in spring, 2013.
We are hoping for a nice quiet winter for the bees. As the winter progresses, we will occasionally post photos of the nucs and the rest of our yards. Please check back to see what is going on at Overland.
Erin and Cindy will be conducting the apiary inpections at the CCBA Open Hive on August 4 in Raymond, Maine.
Thank you to everyone who has ordered Overland overwintered nucs this year. The bees are looking fantastic and are being inspected by our State Apiarist the week of April 23rd.
We will have your nucs ready for pick up on May 5. If you have not received a confirmation email from me with details of the pick up plans, please email me and we will coordinate.
Erin will be teaching a hands-on workshop on making summer nucs for overwintering on June 16, 2012 in Windham Maine. More information and registration information is available on the CCBA website here
Erin will be featured at the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association spring meeting on Saturday March 24 in Bow, NH
Erin will be giving the final results report from her SARE grant project, and also talking about swarm management
EAS Certified Master Beekeeper Carol Cottrill will be the other featured speaker.
Details here: NH Beekeepers Assn. website
The Cumberland County Beekeepers Association annual Swarm Workshop is scheduled for April 25, 2012.
Cost is $45 and includes a swarm trap for each participant to take home and use in their own apaiary.
More information here: msba site
Master Beekeepers Erin MacGregor-Forbes and "Bee" Bee applied for a SARE grant to continue studying the differences between traditional package started colonies and packages requeened with northern raised queens.
A link to the SARE website with the project description is here: FNE 12-756
We actually unpacked the nucs today - about two weeks early by the calendar, but the weather was in the low 50's today and it is forecasted to be the same for the rest of the week. We wanted them oriented to their apart locations.
I love seeing the bees, hearing them fly, smelling the honey, wax and propolis. What a great day it was.