HCBA Annual Picnic
The Annual Picnic will take place on Sunday July 16 11AM to 4PM
It will be held at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum
The Museum's website is http://www.farmheritage.org/
2017 Beginner's Beekeeping Educational Course (Short Course)
"Beginning Beekeeping Classes
Topics included, the available PDF of the lectures can be viewed by clicking on "LINKS":
- Honey bee biology
- Beekeeping laws in Howard County LINK
- Obtaining and installing bees LINK
- Getting and setting up your beekeeping equipment LINK
- Inspecting your bees
- Bee diseases
- Products of the hive LINK
- Feeding Bees LINK
- Management of New Colonies LINK
- Local Flora LINK
- Miscalculations LINK
Ross Johnson was our speaker at our May monthly meeting. His topic was be Mead Making.
Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. The alcoholic content ranges from about 8% ABV to more than 20%. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage's fermentable sugar is derived from honey. It may be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling; dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.
Slides of his Presentation can be obtained here ---> (pdf)
Howard County Beekeepers Association
Howard County Beekeepers Association Inc.
Our purpose is to promote honey beekeeping in Howard County, Md by providing a forum in which current honey beekeepers may become more knowledgeable of best practices and the public can become more, and accurately, informed on the benefits of honey bees.
Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month (January through November), from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in the Dining hall at the Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. (Unless otherwise specified)
(A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization)
Article on Swarming
There are queen cells in my hive - what should I do?
Introduction: You have opened a hive and found queen cells. First of all, don’t panic and, whatever you do, on NO account adopt the Dalek strategy of ‘exterminate them, exterminate them’! It did not work for the Daleks - they lost out to Dr Who every time - and it will not work for you. Destroying queen cells to prevent swarming never has been and never will be a successful method of swarm control. If you destroy one lot of queen cells the bees will immediately make some more and will probably swarm earlier than normal in their development - often before the first cells are sealed. If you destroy queen cells twice you run the risk of the colony swarming and leaving behind no provision for a new queen. Any delay of swarming that you induce by destroying cells will probably result in the prime swarm being larger than it would have been if you had not interfered. Once a colony of bees is triggered to swarm nothing will stop them and all the beekeeper can do is to control the situation by some form of artificial swarming - and even then the eventual outcome is not a foregone conclusion. If you approach the problem logically and find out exactly what stage of the swarming process the colony is in, you will stand the best chance of successfully intervening; not losing bees, saving as much of your potential honey crop as possible and not ending up with a queenless colony.
Complete article (pdf)