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Debbie Cowell

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Membership Meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Admin Building at the Sussex County Fairgrounds

Dear New and Old SCBA members,
Next Tuesday’s club meeting (4/24/18) will have a little something for everyone.
First- for those of you who are picking up your bees this weekend- congratulations  You’re now beekeepers!  So you’ve “hived” your new nucs(hopefully the day after picking them up!)… now what???
Come and find out the how, whats and whens of inspecting your girls. Ask questions of the mentors and more experienced in the group.
For the more experienced members, we’ll discuss expanding your bee yard by creating your own nucs in the same yard using the “Doolittle” Method (as in G.M. Doolittle of Onondaga Co., NY- 1888).  Its easy, uncomplicated and requires minimal equipment.
In the mean time, pray for sunshine & warm weather.  Oh and one other thing… check your electric fence for bait!!!!  Bears are awake and hungry…
Hope to see you then.
Tom Makoujy
Acting Pres., SCBA

NUC Orders

**** Saturday (4/21/2018) NUC Pickup is CANCELLED ****

The Nucs will be delivered on Sunday night at 7pm.

Nucs will be delivered directly to the customers. There will be no inspections.



Saturday Team,

We will be meeting at about 8:40 am. 

Please bring the usual equipment to work bees. Veil, gloves, smoker, fuel, lighter and hive tool. Also if you can please bring a charged, cordless philips head screw gun.

When you turn off of Plains Road, as if you were going to the administration building, take the first right turn before the pond and follow the road that circles the fairgrounds. The bees will be near exhibitor parking and the back of the demolition derby. We will have one sign there.

Any questions please call me at 201-704-7799.

Thanks for your help,

Package Bees

As of right now, I am anticipating the package to be available at my home, Saturday evening, 4/21/2018.


I don’t have a firm time as to availability but as in the past, packages can be pick up Saturday evening up to 9:00PM and resuming Sunday morning at 9:00am. As we get closer to the weekend, I will follow up with an update.


If you are interested, I do have extra packages available. Extra queens can be made available. If interested, please return reply to this email. I don’t have pricing on queens, I would expect the price to be $35.00+.


Thank you and let hope for warmer weather !!!


Rich Lepik

2091 Primrose Lane

Martinsville, NJ 08836

Cellphone: 908-295-0825

Monthly Beekeeping Checklist

Beekeeping in April

    • Check that your colony is queen-right by looking for eggs: If you don’t, or are unable, to see egs, can you see larvae?  If you see larvae, there was a queen in the colony within the last nine days.  The brood pattern should be regular, not scattered.  The caps should be solid and uniform across the center of the frame.  The larvae should be pearl white in color and glistening.
    • Combine Colonies: If you have colonies that are queenless or have a drone layer, now is the time to combine them with strong colonies.  Never combine two weak colonies, you’ll just get one weak colony.  Always combine a weak colony with a strong one.
    • Feed overwintered colony only if they need it: Check for food reserves around the brood on a frame.  The food will be at the top of the frame and in the corners.  You may have nectar dripping out of the comb.  This is a sign they don’t need to be fed any more.  If the weather has been cold or rainy and the bees have not been able to forage, you may need to feed them.  It’s a judgment call you will be better able to make as u gain experience.  Attend your branch hive inspections to gain experience
    • Remove entrance reducers: Remove if you observe traffic building up at the hive entrance.
    • Packages: installed on bare foundation should be fed light sugar syrup (1:1) until all the combs are drawn out in the first box.  Don’t add the second box until the first is drawn out.  If you are installing packages or nucs on drawn comb, you should feed light sugar syrup to give them a head start.
    • Add honey supers as needed: If the colony is strong and occupying two deeps, you can add several honey supers with drawn comb at once.  If you have honey supers with foundation only, do not add them over a queen excluder.  The bees will not go up into a super, and you will force the colony to swarm.  Swarms can be a real problem if you keep bees in an urban area.  You may be thrilled with a swarm, but your non-beekeping neighbor may not be.  If you keep bees in an urban environment, it is recommended that younot use a queen excluder.
    • Be prepared to collect swarms as the need arise: This is a service the beekeeping community does to promote good relations between beekeepers and non-beekeepers.  If you don’t want any more colonies, you can always get them established for a few weeks and have the state apiarist certify them for sale.
    • Equalize healthy colony strength: You can equalize the strength of healthy colnies by taking frames of brood with bees from strong colonies and giving them to a weaker colony.  This will help control swarming in the strong colonies and build up the weak.  Remember they must be healthy.  Don’t do this if you cannot tell if the colony is healthy.  Make sure the strong hive’s queen is not on the frames you give the weaker hive.
    • Make splits: Be prepared to split the strong colonies or those with swarm cells.
**** Call to Action ****
Proposed State Legislation would severely limit beekeeping in New Jersey!

Dear Fellow Beekeepers,

Unless you have been clustered in a hive for the last six months, you should be aware of the proposed changes going on within our state that will directly affect the future of bee keeping in New Jersey.

The NJ Dept. of Agriculture has proposed restrictions regarding hive proximity to neighboring lot lines, public walkways, minimum fence heights, etc.  However, the major change affecting beekeepers relates to colony density.  According to the newly proposed regulations, those of us that live on five acres or less will be limited to keeping two full hives and one nucleus hive.  If you currently have more than two hives on your site, which many of us do, you will be required to apply for a waiver.  Additionally, all hives will have to be registered.  Those that decide not to follow the new regulations will likely not register their hives.  This creates a scenario where potential diseases could spread apiary to apiary without any warning or oversight by the State Apiarist.

Unfortunately, the proposed regulations are not grounded in science and were created without input from the New Jersey State Apiarist, Tim Schuler, or the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.   Instead it is being pushed through based solely on the emotions of a limited number of angry residents in a single community whose goal it is to eliminate beekeeping in any residential area.

In a few weeks, our club will be offering our informational new beekeepers course. I really enjoyed taking that course, but I would have never ventured into bee keeping if I knew the State of New Jersey was going to limit the number of hives I could keep. I think responsible bee keeping should be up to the individual.  When new regulations are developed, everyone should have input at the table- including the beekeepers.  Over the years we have seen a tremendous increase in beekeeping in our state, and now many will just be turned away due to the new regulations.

I am asking you to contact Joseph Zoltowski from NJDA and let him know how the new regulations are going to affect you personally as a beekeeper.  Please ask others to contact him as well. Let them share their stories of how bees have made a positive impact in their lives and their communities.  We have until January 19, 2018 to make a difference.  In addition, please forward a copy of your comments to Janet Katz, President, New Jersey Beekeepers Association.


John Trahan /Bee Keeper

Sussex County Beekeepers Association

Joseph Zolotowski

Director, Division of Plant Industry, NJ Department of Agriculture, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625-0330 if via snail mail or
Or via email to him at

Janet Katz NJBA President

Simplified Copy of Proposed Regulations –

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About SCBA

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.

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