Nuc orders now ongoing!

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The Club will once again be ordering nucs from our Nuc Guy, Grant Stiles. Nucs are $170 and will be treated with Apivar (in the Nuc when received) and will come in a beautiful wooden box this year. The box can be used for swarm catching or a swarm lure.
You can reserve your Nuc with a $50 deposit.
We expect delivery late April at Ramapo College. All Nucs will need to be picked up the night of delivery. Please make arrangements if you cannot be there as all deposits will be forfeited if Nucs are not picked up.
Order today, as supplies are limited! You can place your order by contacting Bob Jenkins at 201-218-6537 or at the February meeting.

Getting your colonies ready for winter

By John A. Gaut

Winter is coming and it’s time to ready the colonies for the cold months.beesinsulate

Winterization Checklist

 Adequate Honey Stores, 60 pounds or more

 Good pollen reserves, 4 + frames of mostly pollen

 Large population of young healthy bees

 Low Mite levels

 Upper entrance

 Reduced and mouse guarded bottom entrance

 Minimize Air Infiltration

 Close Bottom Board on Screened Bottoms

 Tape any gaps in boxes

 Insulate the top of the hive between between the inner cover and the outer cover

 Insulate the hive sides

Click below to learn more about your bees and the winter months, and how to properly insulate the hives

Winter Biology and Insulation of Hives 2016

Nov. 17 Meeting – Peter Loring Borst

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A special lecture “The Mystery of the Hive: Whispers in the Dark” will be presented by Peter Loring Borst Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. at Ramapo College, Mahwah. The lecture will take place in the H-Wing Auditorium. The Northeast NJ Beekeepers and the Ramapo College Beekeeping Club are pleased to invite all New Jersey Beekeepers to this special presentation.
Peter L Borst has worked in the beekeeping industry since his first job in 1974 working as a beekeeper’s helper in Wolcott, NY. Peter was the Senior Apiarist at Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Research for seven years, and he was an apiary inspector for New York State from 2006 to 2008. He is currently employed at Cornell doing biomedical research, and he is President of the Finger Lakes Bee Club.
Peter is a regular contributor to the American Bee Journal, writing on topics as diverse as beekeeping techniques, the composition and value of pollen for bees, and the history of bee breeding.
The lecture is open to all and is free, but donations at the door will be welcomed.

Honey Cup 2017

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The Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Association is hosting its annual honey-tasting competition at 1p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Ramapo College in Mahwah and we are looking for your best honey of the year. Members are invited to submit their honey from this year’s harvest. This year there will be 2 categories – light and dark. The board will decide which category to place your entry. Only 1 entry per a family is allowed. Honey must be in a 1 pound bottle with name, address and phone number. Honey should be handed in by 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 either by dropping off at an officer’s house or at the college the night before the competition.

A label contest will also take place.

We are also looking for members to sell their honey. Both pound and half pound jars can be sold. Prices will be consistent – $10 for half pound, $20 for full, with $2 and $4 respectively going back to the club. If you would like to sell your honey please email Jaimie Winters jaimw@aol.com to get on the list. Honey must be in by noon the day of the festival. Sellers will also have to work the table for part of the day.

Members are invited to sell bee-related items by emailing Jaimie Winters jaimw@aol.com.

We are also in need of volunteers to run the vendor tables, handle food, t-shirt sales, honey tasting tables and education table and set up and clean up. We need a lot of volunteers for this bigger event. Please email Jaimie Winters to volunteer.

Please invite family and friends to this free event. We will need as many tasters as possible. We will also have an educational table, and honey, plants and bee products for sale and live music.

Aug 18 Meeting – Dearth, Feeding, Mites

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We will talk about dearth and feeding and mite control this Friday. Dearth can be hard on your bees, but we have had rain and a somewhat mild summer this year. Find out how this has impacted this year’s dearth. Should you be feeding? Got other questions? Bring them to the meeting. Our team is here to help you succeed! We will also be discussing the Honey Festival set for Saturday Sept. 16 and the Meadery Trip on Oct. 21.

Our meetings are always the third Friday of every month, beginning at 7:30 pm. We meet at Ramapo College 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S.

Smart and gentle does it when extracting

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By Frank Mortimer

1) Pulling honey frames:

A) Always Smoke Your Bees: This should be a no-brainer. Bees release a pheromone when they are afraid/fear the hive is under attack. Smoke blocks this pheromone from being detected by the bees. If bees can’t smell it, they don’t get defensive, therefore always use smoke.
B) Pull early morning and before the dearth. Bees are more protective of their honey when there is no nectar flow. It’s always best to pull your honey supers off in the morning, and never mid-day when every forager is out looking for food.
C) When pulling honey use bee escapes and fuming boards with bee gone (a bee friendly almond spray). Do not bang frames to remove the bees. Place the bee escapes two days in advance and block off inner cover entrance. When pulling the boxes use a fume board with the bee gone spray or just a dish rag sprayed with it. Let it sit for 5 minutes and remove the super.
D) Don’t pull frame by frame. Remove the entire super and immediately get into a covered box or wrap in a damp sheet. Always have hive covered with bee escape or inner cover. When you are pulling your honey supers, you want to always minimize how long your honey supers are exposed and out in the open. When there’s no other food available and you have frames of honey lying out in the open, you have created a recipe for a sure-fire disaster. When you pull your supers, get them out of your apiary and inside as quickly as you can.
E) Never have several hives opened at once, and never leave frames of honey sitting out where they will activate the bees’ instinct to start robbing everything in sight.
F) Spin indoors
G) Do not let bees clean up equipment. Wash all tools and extractor immediately following extraction.
H) If your colony gets defensive at any time close it up and call it a day.

2) If Your Hive Is Overly Defensive Tell Someone: If
something does not seem right with your bees, tell an officer of the club or your mentor. If your bees seem like they are always buzzing, or stinging you or others, then you need to speak with someone on how to find a solution. In this month’s Bee Culture Magazine, James Tew wrote about an overly defensive hive in his backyard apiary and how he moved it to a remote location for the sake of his neighbors. If you are keeping bees, then it is your responsibility to always be a good neighbor.
4) Be Careful Where You Get Your Queens: If you’re ordering queens through suppliers from other parts of the country, you need to make sure your source is not too far south where bees with Africanized traits are more common. It is important to always think about the likelihood of introducing bees that are overly defensive into our area, so always be diligent about where you are sourcing your bees.

3) Maintain a water source so your bees don’t seek out a neighbor’s pool or pond. Once they find another source it’s almost impossible to stop them from using it.

July 21 meeting – Honey Extraction

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It’s time to reap the rewards of keeping bees – honey! Frank, Rich and John will take us from frame removal to bottling. Get tips from the experts on how to calmly remove bees from frames, uncapping, spinning, filtering and bottling. They will also give advice on how to care for your bees during the dearth, feeding and robbing. Our meetings are always the third Friday of every month, beginning at 7:30 pm. We meet at Ramapo College 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ in the Anisfield School of Business, Room 135S.