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    Re: Pledge to be a BSA Beekeeping Mentor

    I pledge to BSA that I will act as a mentor to scouts if BSA reinstates the Bekeeping Merit Badge.


    Tony Lulek, President
    Norfolk County Beekeepers Association
    Walpole, MA
    www.norfolkbees.org
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    Queens

    The brood patterns with the 2 queens are actually really nice. The have built out almost 8 frames now. They were looking good, there just was not a lot of bees in the early spring, so it took them a...
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    Very young Queens

    Both the queens are from packages from last year.
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    Adding bees to an established hive

    I have 2 hives that were on the rather weak side. They are slowly building up but not very fast. I decided to get a package of bees and split them between the two. I pulled off the inner and outer...
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    This is the deal. I got a swarms this spring and...

    This is the deal. I got a swarms this spring and and it is doing just okay. I have my hive from last year and though it is not going great it is okay. I want to combine the swarm hive into my older...
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    Mountain Camp, That is great advise. Fits...

    Mountain Camp,

    That is great advise. Fits logically in my mind smile.gif Thanks,
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    There is almost nothing in the bottom chamber....

    There is almost nothing in the bottom chamber. There is 4 frames of brood, there are 2 with honey and 2 with honey/pollen and 2 empty (no comb) as I switch 2 frames filled with honey to my new hive....
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    I posted earlier about this, but since have...

    I posted earlier about this, but since have inspected my hive. There is abou 4 frames of brood. The queen is difinitely laying. I saw a lot of eggs and some capped brood. My question now is the...
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    It is okay. Not great. I just put a new package...

    It is okay. Not great. I just put a new package in a new hive and they are crazy compared to the older hive. I'm hoping that it will just build up as it gets warmer.
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    I have Italian. there at least 3 frames of brood,...

    I have Italian. there at least 3 frames of brood, though the pattern is not great, plenty of pollen in the frames and plenty of honey. This was just in the top brood chamber. I haven't been into the...
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    My first hive made it through the winter. A good...

    My first hive made it through the winter. A good friend of mine came over to help with a dead queen issue in my new packaged and we went into the older hive and he said it looked weak. There are bees...
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    My first hive made it through the winter. A good...

    My first hive made it through the winter. A good friend of mine came over to help with a dead queen issue in my new packaged and we went into the older hive and he said it looked weak. There are bees...
  13. Does anyone know what the ratio is to mix this? I...

    Does anyone know what the ratio is to mix this? I am going to use the paper towel method and I only have 2 hives. I don't want to mix up a huge batch.

    Please let me know asap.

    I tried posting...
  14. Does anyone know what the ratio is to mix this? I...

    Does anyone know what the ratio is to mix this? I am going to use the paper towel method and I only have 2 hives. I don't want to mix up a huge batch.
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    For those of you that found your way here and are...

    For those of you that found your way here and are living in Eastern Massachusetts, the Norfolk County Beekeepers Assocation is hosting their Bee School again. It is a great introduction to the art of...
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    I had pollen coming in until after Thanksgiving...

    I had pollen coming in until after Thanksgiving in Massachusetts. Must be the crysanthimums. Not much else was out there.
  17. Last Friday we got over 12 inches of snow. Which...

    Last Friday we got over 12 inches of snow. Which was fine. I cleared the snow from around the entrance and actually a few bess came out, but the soon died. It was too cold. Then we hit a real cold...
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    Was wondering if anyone had a source, book, web...

    Was wondering if anyone had a source, book, web site or anything that had beekeeping comics or jokes. You know . . . 3 beekeeper are standing around and someone asks them how many beekeepers does it...
  19. I only have one hive and I got 3 small cottage...

    I only have one hive and I got 3 small cottage cheese containers of wax from the cappings and from the cleaning of the super frames before storage (just scrapped off the excess, not the drawnout...
  20. I only have one hive and I got 3 small cottage...

    I only have one hive and I got 3 small cottage cheese containers of wax from the cappings and from the cleaning of the super frames before storage (just scrapped off the excess, not the drawnout...
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    Someone approached me about selling my honey at a...

    Someone approached me about selling my honey at a local crafts fair. they said I would need some sort of food permit. Does anyone have any idea what this is and where I get it. I check online a few...
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    actually I have plastic foundation, wood frames,...

    actually I have plastic foundation, wood frames, but I assume its the same, just scrape it out.
    cool. Well Here I go, harvesting my first honey.

    thanks,
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    does crushing mean I cut all the comb off and...

    does crushing mean I cut all the comb off and just crush it and strain it?. I have plastic frames. I thought you were supposed to leave the comb on there for the bees to fill up again, thereby saving...
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    Looking for an inexpensive hobbiest honey...

    Looking for an inexpensive hobbiest honey extractor. I found one that was about $100 in a catalog. It was made most of plastic. Can't see to find where I saw that. If not, I'm looking to borrow one...
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    I put my bottom plastic sheet back in my SBB for...

    I put my bottom plastic sheet back in my SBB for 48 hours. I just took it out an hour ago and went over the thing with a loop (magnifying glass) and a flashlight and I couldn't find anything that...
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