In Memory of
**** SCBA Holiday Party ****
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Farmstead Golf & Country Club
88 Lawrence Rd
Lafayette, NJ 07848
Pricing and Time to follow
Kass and Alix Wojcik at Newton High School FFA
Monthly Beekeeping Checklist
Beekeeping in October
- Food: Generally, you need 60 lbs. of honey per hive stored and capped for winter food. This food needs to be mostly in the top deep. To hep calculate winter stores, one full, capped, deep frame of honey weighs between six and seven pounds. If they do not have 60 lbs. of stores, you need to get it to them fast. Feed 2:1 heavy syrup, i.e. 2 parts sugar to 1 part water by volume. Don’t let the feeder run empty until the colony has enough. You may also want to feed Fumagillin for Nosema control.
- Location: Your colonies should be in full sun and protected to the north and west by a windbreak. This can be natural (hedges and shrubs) or manmade using fencing, tin, straw bales, pallets, etc. When protected from wind and in full sun, your bees will be able to cleanse themselves even on a cold winter day.
- Mouse Guards: These should go on entrances toward the end of the month. Take care not to close a mouse in the hive !
- Skunks: Skunks will scratch at the entrances of your hives and chew bees when they come out to investigate. You will find dark balls of honey bee exoskeletons. The skunks chew the bees and suck the juice out of them, then spit them out. It is reminiscent of spent plugs of chewing tobacco. To discourage the skunks, put a small fence of chicken wire around your colonies.
- Bears: Keep your electric fences baited with fresh bait and your chargers hot.
- Hive position: Check to insure hives tilt slightly forward to keep out rain. Hives can settle and tilt over the course of the year. Secure outer covers against strong winter winds.
- Remove honey supers: Supers that have been stored above the inner cover should be removed after a killing frost and stored in a cold environment protected from mice and vermin.
- Sell some honey: The fall is usually full of craft fairs and festivals. Rent a table, set up your honey and earn some money to cover your beekeeping expenditures for next year.
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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Sussex, NJ 07461
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