We are seeking funding for an additional 14 colonies for our 2013 SARE project comparing honey bee package colonies with requeened packages. SARE has funded 36 colonies for this project (the cap of their Farmer Grant), but we would like to increase the sample size to 50.
This project is a continuation of the work we did in 2009 and 2010. The final results of that project were extremely promising, raising the survival rate of the packages from 42% to 90% by requeening. Project description and reports can be found on the SARE website by searching FNE10-694. here
We are requesting donations of in any amount to support this project, or you may sponsor a colony in our project for $500. All donors will be invited to participate in the project, and hive sponsors will not only be able to participate in the project, but will also be able to keep their colony after the project is complete. More details about supporting our project can be found here:
Thank you for considering supporting our project.
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.