Wednesday, January 29, 2020 ~

The Latest and Greatest Newsletter

Here is the latest newsletter. June 2020 NEWSLETTER


Wednesday, August 09, 2017 ~

Extractors Available

The NCBA has 6 mechanical 2/3 frame extractors available for members of the NCBA. The use of this equipment is a benefit of membership and is available to any member who is up-to-date on their membership.(i.e.dues paid)

*  Please be mindful that there may be others wanting to borrow these extractors so don’t keep them for too long.
*  Please handle equipment carefully and report any mechanical problems immediately
*  Please return extractor thoroughly cleaned - see cleaning instructions below.
*  Please contact one of the following to borrow an extractor:

  Weymouth - Brianda Younie email:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

How to Clean Extractor

*  Do NOT disassemble the extractor to clean it.
*  Do NOT use strong cleaning detergents as any residue will contaminate the honey.

You must bring the extractor back CLEAN for the next person to use. To clean it:

  a. First hose off thoroughly with COLD water to remove all honey, wax and propolis.
  b. Then wash with hot water and soap ( liquid soap such as Dawn), and rinse.
  c. Finally use a 3% bleach solution to sterilize all surfaces (1/2 cup bleach + 1 gallon water). 
  d. Drain thoroughly and let stand to dry.  Bleach will dissipate when dried and aired out.

Enjoy your harvest!


Tuesday, February 02, 2016 ~

Swarms: What to do When You Encounter One

A very common occurrence between May and June. This is the time of year when many people find swarms of bees around their homes or in their yards. There are a few things you should do when you encounter a swarm of honeybees in order to protect yourself and the bees. Remember that bees are a vital part of our world, so please do not kill them. You may often find a swarm in a tree, but you can also find a swarm on a home, barn or shed.

1. Don’t Panic

When honeybees swarm they are generally very docile and will rarely show aggressive tendencies. They will merely find a suitable spot to gather, as a temporary measure, while they send out scouts to find a more permanent hive which will serve as a new home. When bees swarm, they tend to gather in a tight ball and will form in a temporary spot; it could be in a tree/bush, on a clothesline, a fence, a bicycle, home, shed, barn, or anywhere that they can land to form a cluster.

2. Make a mental note

Make a note of where they are (would a ladder be needed to get at them?) Also, gauge the rough size of the swarm (tennis ball, football etc), and try to estimate how long it has been in this spot.

3. Telephone

Contact the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association Swarm person for your area. You may also contact any of the officers of the club. Below you will find a list of contact people. If you do not find your town you can call any one on the list. They will attempt to have a beekeeper call you about your swarm. In some cases a beekeeper may not be available to pick up the swarm, nevertheless the swarm will move on, usually within a day or two and generally will pose no threat.

4. Keep at a safe distance

Sit back, watch, take some pictures and wait for the beekeeper to arrive. Any beekeeper will tell you that there is something very magical about a swarm. There is an electric feeling in the air, as the bees swirl round before gathering into a cluster. Watching a beekeeper capture a swarm is an experience that you will never forget. And don’t forget to thank the beekeeper.

5. Tell Others

Share your experience. All too often, bees get very bad press. Mix the word “Bees” with “Killer” and all of a sudden you have horror film that will perform very well at the box office. You will know differently off course, as you will have seen at first hand just how docile and truly magical these little creatures can be. Let us know if you are involved with a swarm. We would like to hear of your experience.

5. Master Call List

The Norfolk County Beekeepers Association will attempt to help with swarms in and around any of the Norfolk County towns and city. As well we have many members outside of Norfolk County and we are always eager to help.


Thursday, October 13, 2011 ~

Six things I learned from my bees. By Carol Cook

6 Things I learned from my bees.

1. If you want to be the queen bee, you have to be willing to accept the workload that goes along with it. And sometimes it just ain’t pretty.

2. Do the best you can. If you don’t succeed, you can always move on. It beats the hell out of being eaten by your co-workers.

3. There is no “I” in team but there is in “survive”. Not learning to work together can end really, really badly.

4. Sometimes eating dessert first is your only choice because dessert is all there is.

5. You aren’t as unique as you think. Sometimes there are 49,999 others exactly like you. But that isn’t always a bad thing.

And last and perhaps most important:

6. Do not assume that just because something is small, it cannot MESS. YOU. UP. If you don’t believe me, just look up “Anaphylaxis” in the dictionary.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011 ~

Covered in Bees Head to Toe

Beekeeper Wang Dalin won the contest after attracting 26.86 kilograms, or nearly 60 pounds, of bees to his body. Click Here


Thursday, June 23, 2011 ~

The (Mostly) True Confessions of a First Year Beekeeper by Carol Cook

My husband and attended the Bee School this past spring.  It has always been a vision of mine to raise bees.  Actually, that’s not strictly true.  It’s always been a dream to have my own honey.  The fact that bees make it and one has to keep bees in order to make that happen has always been something of a show stopper.