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Monthly Beekeeping Checklist
Beekeeping in May
- Feeding: The only reason to feed now is to help draw comb on new colonies (packages and nucs) or to feed a weak colony.
- Supers: Check weekly for space in the supers. Add supers when you see the bees storing nectar in the top honey super. You need to stay ahead of the bees. If they run out of room, they will build swarm cells and leave.
- Making splits: Cutting out swarm cells is not advised. The result may be a queenless colony. If you see many queen cells, it is better to split the colony into two or more hives, leaving a frame with cells and some brood and honey on the original hive stand, giving them lots of empty space. This is the month most beekeepers in NJ split strong colonies. Splitting a colony will usually cost you in honey production.
- Swarms: You should have extra equipment on hand to capture swarms as needed. Have it ready to go when the call comes in.
General Beekeeping Tips:
- All beekepers, and especially urban beekeepers, need to make sure their water supply does not run out.
- When working bees, wear light colored clothing and no rings or jewelry. Use your smoker judiciously as need. Smoke your hands and the entrance to the hive before you even touch the hive. Make slow deliberate movements, not quick jerky movements. Work your bee on sunny days when the temperature is above 60 degrees, between 10 am and 3 pm. Do not work them at night or in the rain. DO NOT wear perfume, cologne, or any strong scent when working the bees.
2018 Honey Queen Program
Dear SCBA Members,
For questions, please contact Dan Perez, program coordinator, at (201) 303-6209
Bees in The News
Good News for American honeybees
It comes as welcome news that the number of domesticated U.S. honeybee hives has risen so far in 2017, according to a new survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). There were 2.89 million commercial honeybee colonies in the U.S. as of April 1, 2017, the USDA reports this week, a rise of 3 percent from a year earlier.
NJ Beekeepers Clubs
Jersey Cape Branch
Morris and Somerset County Beekeepers
Raritan Valley Beekeepers
South Jersey Beekepers
Sussex County Beekeepers
Become a Member
Interested in Joining the Sussex County Beekeepers Association?
Some of the many benefits are:
- Automatic membership in the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.
- Access to a large network of experienced Beekeepers willing to help you succeed as a beekeeper.
- Use of the extensive SCBA lending Library.
- Opportunity to participate in club purchases.
- Invitation to join in on many SCBA sponsored educational and social events.
For more information Email Info@scba.club
Click the link below to join online
The Sussex County Beekeepers association is a Branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.
Our mission is to:
* Promote and Support all aspects of beekeeping in New Jersey.
*Educate the General public about the benefits and importance of beekeeping.
*Dispel myths and misinformation concerning the honey bee.
*Inform and educate the general public concerning the honey bee and the beekeeping industry.
Thank you to our Donors who donated items for our fund raiser
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